On Sunday, the first ATP Masters 1000 matches were played on clay in Monte Carlo. He met the contender in the second round, among others the Serbian Novak Djokovic is the holder of the highest rating.

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Novak Djokovic

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Due to the lack of vaccinations against COVID-19, Novak Djokovic lost several championships from the first part of the 2022 season. The current leader in the ATP rankings only played in Dubai, where Jerry Vesely turned out to be better in the quarter-finals. In Monte Carlo, the antiviral restrictions have been lifted, so that the Serb can participate in the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 event, is ranked at the highest position and will certainly want to show his best side.

Djokovic got a goodbye in the first round. He met his first rival on Sunday. It was Alejandro Davidovich Fochina who defeated Marcos Giron 7:5, 6:3. The Spaniard had to chase the score in every set, but in the end he turned out to be better than the American. And he will face the Serbian for the third time. In 2021, Knoll did not spare him in Rome and during the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Grigor Dimitrov also advanced to the second round on Sunday. The Bulgarian was leading 6:3, 2:0, when Nikoloz Basilashvili approached the referee and stated that he was unable to continue the match. The Georgian scratched, and the tennis player mentioned Chaskov on the next. His next opponent will be Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who won the match against compatriot Filip Krajinovic 6:2, 7:6 (4).

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The greatest feelings were during the duel between Marton Fucsovics and Lloyd Harris. Hungary did not succeed in resolving the match in two sets, and the third match was decisive. In the end, the tennis player from Budapest defeated the representative of South Africa 6: 4, 6: 7 (5), 6: 1. He will meet in the second round the Russian Karen Chaczano or the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

The qualifiers for the two stages were also completed on Sunday. The promotion was not won by Camille McSherzack, who lost 1:6, 6:4, 1:6 with Sebastian Baez. Aside from Argentina’s, Czech Jerry Legia, Denmark’s Holger Ron, Finn-Emil Rossovoori, Spaniards Bernabé Zapata Mirales and Jaume Munnar and Bolivian Hugo Delin, who will face Hubert Hurkacz on Monday (more here), they also took first place. After the withdrawal of the French Gael Monfils, the American Maxime Cressy entered the main tournament as a lucky loser.

Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, Monte Carlo (Monaco)
ATP Masters 1000, clay courts, prize pool of €5.415 million
Sunday 10 April

First round of singles:

Alejandro Davidovich Fochina (Spain) defeated Marcos Giron (USA) 7-5, 6-3
Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) beat Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia 15) 6-3, 2-0, retired.
Marton Fukowicz (Hungary) (B) Lloyd Harris (South Africa) 6:4, 6:7 (5), 6:1

a lot for free: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1); Alexander Zverev (Germany, 2); Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 3); Casper Rudd (Norway, 4); Andrey Rublev (5); Felix Auger – Eliassim (Canada, 6); Cameron Norrie (UK, 7); Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 8 years old)

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