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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 18: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates to the crowd after his three set victory against Gilles Simon of France in his second round match on day three of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Djokovic Survives Another Scare in Monte Carlo, Wawrinka Ousted

MONACO -- After battling past Gilles Simon in the second round, 2013 and 2015 champion fought past Carreno Busta 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a nail-biting third round match.

Djokovic dropped five straight games from 2-0 up in the second set and had to dig deep against the gritty Spaniard, whose speed across the court saw him retrieve countless shots.

Djokovic trailed 15-40 serving in the ninth game of the decider but held his nerve. The Serb sealed victory with a cross-court volley at the net.

"I could have easily lost this match. I cannot allow myself many more (matches like this) if I want to go far in this tournament," Djokovic said.

Meanwhile, 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was also eliminated on Wednesday as he lost to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4 in the third round.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka never found his touch or range and conceded match point when his backhand pass - normally one of the best shots in men's tennis - clipped the net and went out. Cuevas hit a sweet forehand winner down the line on the next point and raised his arms after beating Wawrinka in their first-ever meeting.

"If you hesitate a little, he will get you," Wawrinka said. "When you're not at your top level, he knows what to do."

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