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Defending champ Tsitsipas cruises through in Monte-Carlo against fading Fognini

A comprehensive win for the 2021 champion

Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his second round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini (Panoramic)

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters | Draw | Order of play

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas got a surprisingly easy run to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters round of 16, beating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0.

He already had an unbeaten record against his Italian opponent, which now stretches to four matches.

It was a bad-tempered match, with the Italian raging in the first set, his ire seemingly directed towards Tsitsipas’s entourage in the stands.

And it became rather lethargic in the second set as the Greek rolled towards what transpired to be a routine win.

He benefited from long drawn-out rallies, and the Italian’s game collapsed, littered with unforced errors.

Fognini got a code violation for racquet abuse after falling 3-0 behind in the second set – all in all, not a graceful or dignified exit for the man who lifted the trophy in Monte-Carlo in 2019.

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