World No. 1 Novak Djokovic felt good in his return to the court as he survived a challenging Monte Carlo Masters second round meeting against rising Italian star Jannik Sinner. Djokovic, who is aiming to win his third Monte Carlo Masters title, handed a 6-4 6-2 loss to Sinner.
''I felt good, solid is a good word to describe it. I have to be satisfied considering the tough draw. I walked into the court with the right focus and intensity. After first 3-4 games, I started to get into rhythm. I tried to move him and use the angles well,'' Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.
Sinner recently made his maiden Masters final in Miami and he arrived to Monte Carlo in a good form. However, Djokovic handled his business and clinched a straight-set win. ''I don’t like to compare even to my younger self, let alone someone else.
Sinner is already an established player. What impresses me the most is his dedication to everyday routines, hence the consistency, which is not always the case for a young player. He is mature,'' Djokovic said.
Djokovic plays Daniel Evans next
Djokovic will be fighting against top-ranked Briton Evans for a place in the Monte Carlo Masters round-of-16.
''Very smart player. You would think that clay would suit his game style least, but he is proving people wrong. He is dinamic, has a lot of variety with the slice, great forehand. I am going to talk to few people and my coach, to prepare in the best way,'' Djokovic said of Evans.
Speaking of his father, Djokovic said: ''I love him, he is the great support of mine. I can’t control what he says, everyone has a right to speak their mind, but I don’t always agree with everything he says. He is passionate and wants to protect me, of course I stand by him.' '