Jannik Sinner reacts to surviving Borna Coric scare in Monte Carlo

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Jannik Sinner reacts to surviving Borna Coric scare in Monte Carlo

World No. 12 Jannik SInner admitted playing his first match on clay after a long time wasn't easy but he was glad that he was able to find a way to beat Croatian Borna Coric. Sinner, seeded at No. 9, needed three sets to overcome former world No.

12 Coric 6-3 2-6 6-3 in his Monte Carlo opener. It was Sinner's first match on clay since losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open round-of-16 last year. "It was a tough match because first time on clay after quite a while, it's never easy," Sinner said, per the ATP Tour website.

"So I'm very happy about my performance, even if it was not my best. I think at the end of the match I raised my level, which for me was important."

Sinner avoided a surprise loss

Coric led 3-2 after the opening five games of the match, before Sinner went on to claim back-to-back breaks and seal the first set.

Sinner had a 6-3 2-1 lead but then shut down for the rest of the second set as Coric earned back-to-back breaks and won five consecutive games to force a decider. After losing the second set, Sinner bounced back at the start of the third as he took an early 3-0 lead.

Sinner held on to his serve the rest of the set to clinch a three-set win. Meanwhile, Sinner's fellow compatriot Fabio Fognini defeated Arthur Rinderknech 7-5 4-6 6-3 to set up a second round meeting against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“The fans love me because I won in 2019! No I am joking,” Fognini said in his on-court interview. “I am happy. It was a difficult first match but I am pleased to get through and now have a great match to come.

It is going to be tough against [Tsitspias]. Hopefully the people come and watch me in the next round. I really need them”.