Between Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic only Albert Ramos Vinolas. This, if only in the draw, is the most fascinating news from Monte-Carlo. In the principality, obviously, the return of Rafa Nadal (eleven times champion of the tournament and dry of tournaments from the Australian tour) is also expected on a collision course in the second round with a qualifier or Adrian Mannarino.
In short: for the world number one the third round could offer Hubert Hurkacz - very fresh champion of the Miami Open - in the segment of the board of the very Spanish champion the problems could instead begin to appear, if only with the bowls stopped, in conjunction with the quarter-finals and with Andrey Rublev.
Number two of the seeding is Daniil Medvedev, called to the challenge with one between Filip Krajinovic and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round. At the foot of the quarters - presumably with Diego Schwartzman - there could be Fabio Fognini instead.
The reigning champion, fresh from the brutal defeat against Jaume Munar in Marbella, will have to contend with Miomir Kecmanovic first and with one between Jordan Thompson and Benoit Paire first. In short: even in this case there is room to limit the damage.
In a recent interview, Dominic Thiem claimed that things are getting more balanced in tennis these days. He stated that earlier only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic used to win the Grand Slam titles. However, he believes that this is not the case anymore in the sport.
Dominic Thiem on the Big 3
“Things are getting more balanced. Roland Garros is still a special situation because Rafael Nadal is above others there. Elsewhere, it’s open,” said Dominic Thiem in the interview.
Thiem reiterated the value of the next-gen players in the sport and said that now, six or seven people are capable of winning a Grand Slam title. He emphasized that those times are gone now when only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic had the potential of winning a major.
“Now six or seven people can win a major. Before it was just Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic,” added the Austrian player. While much has been said and written about Rafael Nadal’s enduring love affair with Paris, or Roland-Garros to be more precise, there’s another prestigious venue that has been similarly rewarding for the superstar Spaniard over the years.
The current World No.3 has won an unprecedented 11 titles at the Monte Carlo Masters, underlining a remarkable reign that can only be matched by his exploits in Paris.