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Second-seeded Novak Djokovic had to play some smart tennis in the deciding set to beat French veteran Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the second round of the men's singles at the ATP Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament.
Top seeded Sir Andy Murray of Britain beat Giles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 , 7-5 in a tough second round encounter that lasted just under two hours. The Briton will next face Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who ousted Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the second round. Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also entered the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
France's top player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, however, was stunned 7-6 (3), 2-6, 3-6 by fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in his first match since the birth of his son.
It was the first appearance for Djokovic on clay after his success in last year's French Open. The world No. 2 committed many unforced errors, and needed to win three consecutive games to make a comeback from a 4-5 deficit in the third set to seal victory.
"After I was 6-3, 2-1 up, I felt like I had the control of the match, but since then I started to make some unforced errors," Djokovic said after the match.
"He was two, three points away from winning it. Finally, I got out of that tricky situation, which was probably the most positive thing I take from today," he added.
Tsonga took time off following the birth of his first child in March, and he may find it a bit difficult to get back to form in his return.
Tsonga wasted a 7-6 (3) win in the first set, as Mannarino took away the next two sets at 6-2 and 6-3.
Also advancing to the last 16 stage by 10th seed David Goffin and 16th seed Pablo Cuevas.
Singles - Second Round
 N. Djokovic (SRB) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 36 75
[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) d  J. Tsonga (FRA) 67(3) 62 63
 D. Goffin (BEL) d N. Almagro (ESP) 75 61
 P. Cuevas (URU) d J. Sousa (POR) 63 63
Singles - First Round
 L. Pouille (FRA) d R. Harrison (USA) 62 64
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] T. Robredo (ESP) 62 62
[Q] C. Berlocq (ARG) d *[LL] P. Herbert (FRA) 36 62 61
[PR] T. Haas (GER) d B. Paire (FRA) 62 63
[WC] J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] B. Coric (CRO) 76(3) 36 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(3) 63
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d M. Granollers (ESP) 62 64
[Q] J. Struff (GER) d [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) 64 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 76(6) 75
R. Haase (NED) d **[LL] D. Dzumhur (BIH) 63 62
K. Khachanov (RUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 62 64
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