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Sinner wins in Monte Carlo to keep second round date with Djokovic

Sinner beats 46th ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets and will meet Djokovic for the first time in second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters

Jannik Sinner, Roland-G AI / Reuters / Panoramic

ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, 1st round
Sinner beats Ramos-Vinolas: 6-3, 6-4

  • The headline: Jannik Sinner is through to the second round in Monte-Carlo
  • Other key info: The Italian won 50 per cent of break point opportunities and saved 67 percent of break point chances on his own serve
  • Why you should read this story: Sinner’s win sets up a mouth-watering second round against world No 1 Novak Djokovic

19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner is through to the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters after a straight-sets win over Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Sinner scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over the 46th ranked Ramos-Vinolas on Tuesday in one hour, 23 minutes.

Sinner plays break points better in the match

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Cordoba, 2021

The Italian slammed four aces and won 79 percent of his first-serve points in the encounter. Sinner also played the break points in the match much better – he was able to break Ramos-Vinolas three times out of the six opportunities he had while he saved two of three break point chances on his own serve which helped him secure the victory.

Sinner to clash against Djokovic for the first time

The win sets up an exciting showdown for the teenager against the top-ranked Djokovic. The Serb is the top seed in the draw and received a bye into the second round. This will be the first meeting between the 18-time Grand Slam winner and the player, who many have proclaimed to be the next potential superstar in the men’s game.

Sinner is coming off a runner-up finish at the Miami Masters whereas Djokovic is playing his first tournament since winning the Australian Open in February. The Serb is a two-time champion in Monte-Carlo and will be aiming to win his record 37th ATP Masters Series title.

On facing the world No 1 – a good test 

Sinner says he has practiced with Djokovic before, when he was a “kid”, but the Italian knows he will be in for a totally new experience facing the 18-time major champ in a competitive match.

“Obviously it’s a tough match I think from my side because I don’t know him that well. Obviously seeing him a lot in TV, watching matches. But when you play against in a match it’s different. I’m looking forward to that match,” sinner said. “It’s a good test for my side to see where I am, especially where I can improve. I know where I can improve, but this kind of match can give me a lot. I just try to go there with the right mentality like in every match and we will see what’s happening.”

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