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Novak Djokovic beats Jannik Sinner in opening match of Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic sealed his place into the third round of Monte-Carlo with a straight sets win over Jannik Sinner.

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The world number one played and won his first match back since the Australian Open.

 

Novak Djokovic is back and in fine form after a tough opening match against his Italian opponent Jannik Sinner beating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour and 36 minutes firing 20 winners.

“It feels like playing at home, was a very good encounter, thought it was a great first match, big challenge for me, Jannik ( Sinner) is in form he played finals of Miami and playing well and I just kinda hung in there today and managed to find the right shots and the right game at the right time”

It didn’t take long for sparks to fly and you could sense this match wasn’t going to be as straight forward as people thought. It was the Italian with the first breakpoint of the match at 1-1 and would earn the early break.

The world number responded immediately by breaking right back the very next game to go back on serve at 2-2 and after holding serve broke again to take a 4-2 lead. At 5-3 when serving for the set the Serb faced some trouble and the Italian pounced breaking to once again go back on serve.

Again the world number one would respond by earning two set points on the Italian serve and would convert on the second on take the first set.

The Serb would have the first chance to break in the second set at 2-1 and broke to take an early 3-1 lead. At 4-2 the world number one saved a breakpoint before earning a match point at 5-2 and at the third time of asking the Italian would double fault to end the match.

After the match in his on court interview he gave full credit to his opponent.

“He’s an all-round player, he hits the ball in the sweet spot more or less on any surface really and he’s got a lot of talent and he has proven that he’s the future of our sport, actually he’s already the present of our sport playing finals in Masters already and he’s making big strides in professional tennis”

Djokovic will either face Hubert Hurkacz or Dan Evans in the next round.

In the other matches of the day Filip Krajionovic a fellow Serb beat the lucky loser Juan Ignacio Londero 6-0, 6-3, David Goffin the tournament number 11 seed beat the Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0, Casper Ruud pulled off the upset of the day beating Diego Schwartzman the number 7 seed 6-3, 6-3.

Christian Garin beat the Aussie John Millman 6-1, 6-4, Andrey Rublev beat another Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2, Grigor Dimitrov beat the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(3), 6-4, and Fabio Fognini beat another Aussie in Jordan Thompson 6-3, 6-3.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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