Cyclone Sinner makes landfall in Monte Carlo

The Italian will face Struff in the round of 16

April 10, 2024

Jannik Sinner is the second seed at the 2024 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
By Staff

The arrival of Jannik Sinner on clay has maintained the script for the 2024 season. The Italian debuted this Tuesday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters with his momentum intact, displaying the level of play that has made him the man to beat on the ATP Tour. If the slowest surface of the circuit is the definitive revalidation, the message sent could not be clearer.

The second seed surpassed Sebastian Korda’s proposal 6-1, 6-2, surpassed from the beginning of the match by a different pace of the ball. The American, who had defeated a former tournament runner-up in his debut, found himself facing a real wall with the Mediterranean as a backdrop. Sinner barely conceded a point on first serve (20/21) to complete an unmitigated victory.

“Sebi and I have similar playing styles. We don’t play like classic clay court specialists, we like to hit fairly flat,” Sinner said. “I have moved well in these conditions. Every year it is difficult to come and show a good level, but I am happy with the performance. We will see what happens in the next round, it is always nice to return to this tournament.”

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Sinner’s performance on clay will find a good test immediately, playing in the round of 16 of the tournament against world No. 25 Jan-Lennard Struff. With the aim of gaining rhythm on the surface, the Italian will cross his blows against a player full of recent merits on clay.

The German, who in 2023 became the first lucky loser to reach an ATP Masters 1000 final at the Mutua Madrid Open, debuted in Monte Carlo by defeating the Argentine Sebastián Báez – leader of victories on clay this season. Ingredients to find resistance on the other side of the network.

However, Sinner will arrive at the meeting with a memory fresh in his memory. The Italian dominates the Lexus ATP Head2Head history 1-0 over the German, whom he defeated weeks ago at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells without giving up a turn of service.

Sinner competes in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters after having a colossal start to the season on the ATP Tour. The Italian is 23-1 in 2024, establishing dominance over the locker room after lifting his first Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open and maintaining the momentum with titles at the ATP 500 in Rotterdam and the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami. .

Merits that have allowed the Italian to reach the best position of his career as No. 2 in the PIF ATP Rankings, a place that he will retain over the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz if he reaches the semifinals this week in the Principality.

In a day full of great candidates for the cup, two-time champion Stefanos Tsitsipas scored a resounding victory against Argentine Tomás Martín Etcheverry (6-1, 6-0) to reach the third round in Monte Carlo. The Greek, winner in the 2021 and 2022 editions, canceled the blows of the current Roland Garros quarterfinalist to show his weapons in the lower part of the draw.

Tsitsipas will face an electric duel in the round of 16 against No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev. In one of the most heated rivalries on the ATP Tour, the Greek dominates the Lexus ATP Head2Head record 9-5 over the German, including a 4-1 record in clay court duels. Stefanos defeated Alexander en route to his title in the Principality in 2022.

Did you know…?
Jannik Sinner aims to win his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy on clay this week at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The Italian holds two ATP Tour gold category titles on hard surfaces, after lifting the cup at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers 2023 and the Miami Open presented by Itaú 2024.


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