Sinner Starts Clay Season With More Than Impressive Win Over Korda In Monte Carlo

Sinner Starts Clay Season With More Than Impressive Win Over Korda In Monte Carlo

by Erik Virostko

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Jannik Sinner can't be stopped, and likely won't be stopped, at least in the coming days, as he started the 2024 Monte-Carlo Masters with a win.

There's only one man who could stop the 22-year-old Italian in 2024, and his name is Carlos Alcaraz. Coincidentally, Alcaraz won't play in Monte Carlo, after he was forced to withdraw from the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

That leaves Sinner against 55 other players in the draw of the tournament, with none of them having a win against him this year. Obviously, there are fewer names with every minute, and the reigning Australian Open champion made sure to take one name off the list as well.

In his first match at the tournament, the current ATP Race leader took on Sebastian Korda, who was impressive in his first match in Monaco, which he won easily against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

However, it would just take a monumental effort to stop the second seed, and the American didn't have that on Wednesday afternoon in the Principality, with many fellow athletes, such as Formula One driver Carlos Sainz, watching from the stands.

Sinner started the match with a break, and even though he immediately had to face three break points, he saved them all. On top of that, he added two more breaks, and with two holds of serve to 15, there wasn't any doubt about the first-set winner, as the Italian won it easily 6-1.

The world no. 2 started the second set with a hold to love, and after that, he had four chances to break his opponent. However, Korda saved all of them, giving himself a chance to still fight for the win.

That chance disappeared only two games later, when Sinner broke him for the first time in the second set, and when the American player was serving to stay in the match, Sinner broke him again to win the match 6-1, 6-2.

It was a sensational start to the tournament for the Italian, and up next, Jan-Lennard Struff will challenge him at the tournament.


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