MONACO — Tenth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Laslo Djere 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in the first round of the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.
Djere served for the match at 5-4 and led 30-15 but Hurkacz broke for 5-5. He then tied the match on his first set point in the tiebreaker and finally won after nearly 3 hours, 20 minutes against the unseeded Serb.
Nadal has won it a record 11 times, including an Open era record streak of eight consecutive titles from 2005 to 2012.
But the 22-time Grand Slam champion has been sidelined with a left hip flexor injury since the Australian Open.