ATP Monte Carlo: Jannik Sinner sets Novak Djokovic clash. Felix Auger-Aliassime loses

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ATP Monte Carlo: Jannik Sinner sets Novak Djokovic clash. Felix Auger-Aliassime loses

The young Italian superstar Jannik Sinner will play against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. A teenager set the blockbuster clash following a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over a former finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an hour and 23 minutes.

The Miami Open finalist secured his ninth Masters 1000 victory with three breaks on his tally, losing serve once and establishing the pace after an early setback. The youngster hit 26 winners and 27 unforced errors, controlling the rallies and overpowering the Spaniard in the more advanced exchanges to sail into the second round.

Ramos-Vinolas broke at 15 in the first game for a solid start before Sinner got the break back in game four to level the score at 2-2. Carried by that boost, a teenager secured a break at love at 3-2 with a forehand winner and closed the set with a powerful backhand at 5-3.

Albert sprayed a backhand mistake at the beginning of the second set to suffer another break and wasted two break opportunities at 1-2 that could have kept him in contention. Jannik held at 30 in games six, eight and ten to seal the deal, moving over the top with a strong forehand attack at 5-4 to book a mouthwatering Novak Djokovic clash.

In another exciting duel, Felix Auger-Aliassime made a losing start with Toni Nadal in his box, suffering a 7-6, 6-1 to Cristian Garin after two days of action due to rain. Garin needed two hours and six minutes to seal the deal, repelling five out of six break chances and delivering three return games to move over the top.

The Chilean prevailed in the opener and left the youngster behind in set number two for a place in the next round. The Canadian made too many errors and lost ground in the shortest and most extended exchanges to propel the rival over the top.

Felix grabbed a break in game two and opened a 5-2 advantage once they returned to the court on Tuesday.

Jannik Sinner will face Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.

Cristian saved two set points in game eight, and that proved to be a game-changer, especially after breaking back a few minutes later.

Auger-Aliassime earned two set points on the return in game 12, but it wasn't to be for him, wasting them both and losing the breaker 7-3 following Garin's backhand down the line winner. With a boost on his side, the Chilean served well in set number two and secured breaks in games two and six to forge a 5-1 lead.

Serving for the victory, Garin held at love in game seven and earned the seventh Masters 1000 triumph. The 9th seed Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, while the Miami Open winner Hubert Hurkacz toppled a qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.