Earlier on the opening day in the Monte-Carlo Country Club, the 15th-seeded Borna Coric lost to Nicolas Jarry and then, Jaume Munar defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler. As the third and last singles match of the day, Hubert Hurkacz took on Laslo Djere.
The first ATP 1000 clay-court tournament of the season started already on Sunday, on the same day that Casper Ruud won another ATP event. The 10th-seeded Hurkacz was certainly one of the most interesting names to watch for on day one, and his match was a true spectacle.
After three hours and 21 minutes, players used all available 39 games as every set ended in a tie-break. However, there were at least two breaks in every set as both players had multiple options to win before reaching a tie-break.
In the first set, Djere broke first and led 4-1. However, he lost the lead and faced a 1-4 deficit later in the tie-break. But the Serb won the set regardless, taking it 7-5 in the tie-break.
The second set was a real rollercoaster. Hurkacz led 3-1 but lost all of his lead and soon he was down 3-5. Djere was serving for the match, but he couldn't finish it off and another tie-break had to take place. This time, Hurkacz won it 7-5 and we went into a decider.
The Serb led also in the third set, but once again, he couldn't keep his lead and this time, Hurkacz was serving for the match after he broke his opponent twice. The Pole had four break points, but his opponent was one to came back this time.
In the twelfth game of the third set, Djere had a match point on his opponent's serve, but he didn't use it. In the tie-break, Hurkacz won again 7-5, winning the match in three sets 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(5). Up next, he will meet the winner of the match between Sebastian Baez and Jack Draper.