While many waited for the result of Jannik Sinner vs. Albert Ramos to meet Novak Djokovic’s first rival in Monte-Carlo, but at the same time an Adrian Mannarino-Federico Delbonis was also played to determine Rafael Nadal’s first rival at the Masters 1000.
Finally it will be the Argentine player who meets the Spanish, after defeating the French Mannarino 7-5 and 6-1, in a match where Delbonis dominated from start to finish and once again demonstrated his good level on brick dust. He will have to need his best performance against a Nadal with whom he has an unfavorable 4-0 record.
Meanwhile, Guido Pella could not at the premiere with Lucas Pouille. It was 6-3 and 6-4 for the French player who beat a Top 200 for the first time in 18 months and first victory on clay since Roland Garros 2019.
Exempt from the first round are two other Argentines, Diego Schwartzman, seventh seed, and now Juan Ignacio Londero, who inherits the preferential position that Daniil Medvedev had (COVID-19 positive) in the box.