Novak Djokovic overcomes grief to win
Having overcome the strongest opponents in the world on the court in the past year, Novak Djokovic had to cope with sadness off it as he battled to beat Russian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Monte Carlo Masters.
The world number one defeated his opponent 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a rain-affected game, taking to the court shortly after learning of the death of his grandfather.
He then skipped to customary post-match press conference, with an ATP official explaining that he was feeling "totally exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally".
Admirers of the Serb may be keen to enjoy Wimbledon 2012 hospitality as they watch him in what may be happier times as he bids to defend his title at SW19.
Britain's Andy Murray had an altogether easier time of things as he reached the quarter final, with French opponent Julien Benneteau retired in the first set of their match at 5-5 with a combination of elbow, ankle and wrist injuries.
By Liz Johnstone