Novak Djokovic relieved by victory

Novak Djokovic celebrates defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 13, 2013
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Novak Djokovic admits his relief at progressing at the Monte Carlo Masters following his narrow victory over Mikhail Youzhny in round two.

Novak Djokovic has admitted his relief at making it through at the Monte Carlo Masters with a three-set victory over Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

The world number one, who has recently been suffering with an ankle injury, lost the first set but came back to see off his Russian opponent 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Wednesday.

"Today was a big test," Sky Sports News quotes Djokovic as saying. "I had a great quality opponent.

"I'm very happy to win, I'm just happy to compete, to be honest. I didn't know if I'm going to be playing the tournament up to yesterday (Tuesday) basically."

Djokovic will take on 14th seed Juan Monaco in the next round with a quarter-final spot awaiting the winner.

Novak Djokovic punches the air after defeating Mikhail Youzhny during the Monte Carlo Masters on April 17, 2013
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