Novak Djokovic pays tribute to young ATP star

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Novak Djokovic pays tribute to young ATP star

When the main draw of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 was drawn, many were already looking forward to the generational clash between Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic. The number 1 in the world, returning to the circuit after almost two months, respected the predictions of the day before, winning thanks to the score of 6-4 6-2 in an hour and 35 minutes.

The promising young blue left the scene with her head held high, as he did against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2020, aware that he still has to improve a lot to fight on par with the absolute legends of this sport. For the Serbian it was the first official match since victory at the Australian Open last February, a test passed with flying colors against a talented rival and on the launching pad.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion highlighted his superiority in the crucial moments of the challenge, with some completely natural empty passes after a fairly long stop. At the press conference, the 33-year-old from Belgrade expressed his feelings about the match by paying tribute to Sinner.

Novak Djokovic praises Jannik Sinner

"I felt great returning to the pitch, it's nice to play at home, in Montecarlo where I live, in this club that has been my training base for 15 years. It was a great match, a great first match, Jannik is fit, he played the final in Miami, and today I had to stay there.

Jannik Sinner is an all-court player, capable of hitting big on all surfaces, he is the future of our sport, or to be honest maybe he is already present. He has already made a final 1000 and is one that is making a big splash in professional tennis."

These are the words of the world number one Novak Djokovic about the Italian Jannik Sinner, after beating him in the second round of the Monte Carlo tournament. World No.1 Novak Djokovic swept past Italian teenage sensation, Jannik Sinner, in straight sets in the second round of Monte Carlo Masters 2021.

The Serbian remained unbeaten in 2021 as he played his first match since winning the Australian Open 2021. Like in the Miami Open, Sinner’s intensity dropped after the first set. As winners dried up, Sinner was getting desperate.

At 2-1, Djokovic broke Sinner’s service game courtesy of his trusted defensive solidity. The Serbian increased his lead to 4-2. Still, Sinner had a little left in him and got a break point in between, but Djokovic’s experience trumped him. In the end, Djokovic sealed the second set and match, 6-2.