Madrid, Apr 14 (EFE).- Novak Djokovic on Wednesday overcame an early resistance from Jannik Sinner to top the Italian 6-4, 6-2 in the Monte-Carlo Masters round of 32.
Playing his first competitive match since clinching his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, the Serb found himself trailing after a service break to the 19-year-old Italian, who had had to sweat to earn his opening service game.
The reaction of the top-ranked was immediate as he restored order by breaking Sinner’s serve for 2-2 in the first set. Then he moved on to earn himself another break that he consolidated with a 5-2 lead.
The Italian struggled but managed to hold his following serve for 5-3, which inspired him to break Djokovic’s in the following game while the Serb was serving for the first set.
His recovery, however, was short-lived, as Djokovic sealed the set on the second opportunity he created on Sinner’s serve, after hitting the ball onto the net on his first chance.
In the second set, Djokovic earned a couple of breaks in the fourth and eighth games, sealing his tenth victory in a row this season.
“It was a very good encounter. I thought it was a great first match [and] a big challenge for me. Jannik is in form,” Djokovic said afterwards.
“He played the final [in] Miami and has been playing well. I just hung in there today and managed to find the right shots and the right game at the right time,” he added.
Next up for Djokovic will be Briton Daniel Evans, who defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the reigning Miami Open holder in straight sets. EFE