Tsitsipas strolls into Monte Carlo last 16, Djokovic to face rising star Sinner

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas returns the ball to Russia’s Aslan Karatsev during their second round singles match on day three of the Monte-Carlo ATP 1000 Masters Series tennis tournament in Monte-Carlo, Monaco April 13, 2021. — AFP pic
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas returns the ball to Russia’s Aslan Karatsev during their second round singles match on day three of the Monte-Carlo ATP 1000 Masters Series tennis tournament in Monte-Carlo, Monaco April 13, 2021. — AFP pic

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MONACO, April 13 — Stefanos Tsitsipas made a winning start to the Monte Carlo Masters today after the world number five cruised past Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4 and into the last 16.

Greek Tsitsipas, who had been given a bye into the second round, took just one hour and 24 minutes to beat 29th-ranked Russian Karatsev.

The 22-year-old exploited a whopping 32 unforced errors from Karatsev to set up a clash with either Australian John Millman or Chile’s Cristian Garin.

Novak Djokovic meanwhile will face Jannik Sinner in his second round match after the up-and-coming Italian saw off Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Teenager Sinner has risen to 22nd in the world rankings after reaching the final of the Miami Open earlier this month.

Earlier today Daniil Medvedev pulled out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.

World number two Medvedev tested positive yesterday having practiced with Rafael Nadal the day before.

Organisers, contacted by AFP, declined to comment on whether third seed Nadal risked being identified as a “close contact” of Medvedev and forced to quarantine.

Nadal is seeded to meet Djokovic in the final as he chases a 12th triumph in Monte Carlo, a key clay court tournament in the run up to the French Open. — AFP

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