Novak Djokovic returned from a surprise defeat in Monte Carlo to progress at the Madrid Open.
The world number one was making his first appearance since his shock second round defeat at the hands of Jiri Vesely at the Monte Carlo Masters last month.
Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Madrid Open by beating his 19-year old encouraging opponent Borna Coric, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic, who had not played in Madrid since 2013, had four double faults but relied on his return to overpower Coric.
Djokovic admitted in a recent interview that he has been in need of some rest and the extended break looks to have served him well as he was never troubled on his own serve by Coric.
Three breaks of the Croatian’s serve throughout was enough for the Serb to get the job done, the first coming in game four of the first set.
Djokovic consolidated his lead before breaking in the eighth game to wrap up the first set.
Coric improved in the second set but could muster little threat to Djokovic’s serve and this time one break was to prove enough for Djokovic who wrapped up the match in 1 hour 38 minutes by breaking at 5-4 to clinch his last 16 spot.