TENNIS

Djokovic Beats Simon At Monte Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic won the last three games to defeat Gilles Simon of France 6-3 4-6 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo masters.

The world number two from Serbia took the first set against the world number 32 despite dropping his opening service game.

Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the second set, but Simon won the next four games before taking the set 6-3.

The deciding set saw swaying fortunes, with Djokovic losing his serve in the fifth game before breaking in the next, and then again in the ninth to trail 5-4 on Simon's serve. Djokovic then showed his nerve, breaking serve twice to take the next three games to win the match after two hours, 33 minutes of play.

Djokovic will face either Pabo Carreno-Busta of Spain or Russia's Karen Khachanov in the third round.