Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Djokovic makes successful return at Monte Carlo Masters


MONACO: Novak Djokovic produced a clinical 6-4, 6-2 win over up-and-coming Jannik Sinner at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, making a successful return to clay.

Facing a stern test in his first competitiv­e match since his record-extending ninth win at the Australian Open, the twotime Monte Carlo champion eased into his clay-court routine to reach the third round and improve his unbeaten record this season to 10-0.

After dropping his serve early, the top-ranked Djokovic won four straight games to take control of the match.

Sinner, who arrived in Monte Carlo on the back of a runner-up finish at Miami, saved two match points but was too often put on the back foot by Djokovic's mix of baseline attacks and subtle drop shots. The 19-year-old Sinner bowed out on a double fault and Djokovic hit a total of 20 winners.

The clay-court tournament is back on the calendar with no fans attending after it was canceled last year because of the Coronaviru­s pandemic.

Defending champion Fabio Fognini also advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jordan Thompson. Also, Casper Ruud earned his second top 10 victory with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against ninth-seeded Diego Schwartzma­n.

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