But when Fritz's goal before to the match was to "win more than three games"—the Serb walloped the American in Monte Carlo, 6-3, 6-0—such progress was hardly enough to prevent Djokovic from progressing.
The world No. 1 got his 250th week as world No. 1 off to a winning start with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Fritz, who was recovering from a cold. Djokovic will also get an advantage in his next match, against either Diego Schwartzman, Jeremy Chardy or Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Schwartzman has already advanced to the second round with a win over Marco Cecchinato; Chardy and Ramos-Vinolas, as of this writing, are still playing their first-round match.
Djokovic's third-round opponent will come into their match having already played two matches in two previous days.