At the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, Novak Djokovic clearly beat Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-2 in the game that marked the return to competition of the world number one since the Australian Open he won in February.
The great Italian promise, only 19 years old and already installed in 22nd place in the ranking, was not an easy first commitment for Djokovic on a surface like Monegasque land. But the Serbian, 14 years older, showed him why he is number one and what it costs to win a game.
Sinner exhibited a superb hitting repertoire, although he lacked continuity in that initial phase of the confrontation, the first between the two on the professional circuit.
The number one will play in the second round against the winner of the match between the British Daniel Evans and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, who last week surprised with his victory in the Miami tournament, precisely by beating Sinner in the final.