Novak Djokovic playing through pain

Novak Djokovic punches the air after defeating Mikhail Youzhny during the Monte Carlo Masters on April 17, 2013
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Novak Djokovic says that he will take each day as it comes as he perseveres with an ankle injury at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic has said that he found strength from within to come back from a set down against Juan Monaco at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Serbian, struggling with an ankle injury, was on court for over two hours for the second day running, but managed to battle through for a place in the quarter-finals.

"It was another big test obviously, again a two-hour match," Djokovic told reporters. "Obviously I'm not physically out there feeling my best. Somehow feels that I always miss that half a step. But I'm trying. I'm fighting.

"After I lost the first set today, I tried to find that inner strength. I found it again. So that's a positive thing.

"Every day brings a new challenge and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

The world number one will play Jarkko Nieminen in the last eight after the Finn overcame Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 4-6 7-6[4].

Jarkko Nieminen celebrates after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2013
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