Rafael Nadal after the back problem that hit him at the Australian Open, at the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo has lifted the reserves: the 20-time Grand Slam champion left the crumbs Federico Delbonis, who in no way managed to worry his opponent.
In the first set, Nadal won 26 of the 39 total points played, lost only two 15 with the first serve and granted a single game to the Argentinian, forced to run from one side of the field to the other and systematically grant control of the exchanges to the Spanish.
The second set has only one difference compared to the first: this time Delbonis manages to break Nadal and win one more game. So it's all easy for Nadal, who will face a new-found Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16. David Goffin also wins well against Marco Cecchinato.
The break obtained in the third game of the first set by the Belgian basically decided the match. The Italian also had the opportunity to return to the game in the tenth game, when he wasted two break points, but otherwise there was nothing to be done.
The second set even ended with a score of 6-0. He finds the smile Lucas Pouille again. The Frenchman is trying to get over the most difficult moment in his career and Monte-Carlo could be his turning point. Pouille defeated the Australian Alexei Popyrin in three sets and in the round of 16 he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in an all-round match.
Novak Djokovic ATP Monte-Carlo 2021: Djokovic and Nadal got the 3rd round
Novak Djokovic defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets. Nole, who started better by winning a very tough game with the advantages and getting the first break of the match, thanks to a simple miss from the Serbian.
But Djokovic did not turn a corner: he first conquered the immediate counter-break by playing wisely and then won four consecutive games. However, the Italian did not let go of his grip and at 5-3 prevented Djokovic from completing the service run.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion, as often happens to him in his career, found the best game of his match right on the most beautiful and closed the first set at 6-4. In the second set, however, Sinner could no longer keep up with the pace of the world number one and repeatedly gave in even from the baseline, where he seemed to be able to make the difference in the initial stages of the match.
Djokovic's break came on time in the fourth game, when he literally exhausted Sinner and put the turbo. At 5-2, the Italian had a sensational opportunity to get back into the game but threw the answer over the baseline on a second who was anything but charged.
Sinner then died in the next game and gave Djokovic the second break of the set, which ended the match at 6-4, 6-2. On the Campo dei Principi, just as Djokovic and Sinner were fighting in the first set, Casper Ruud signed the feat of the day.
The Norwegian defeated Diego Schwartzman in two sets and in just over an hour, who achieved incredible results on clay last year, including the semi-finals at Roland Garros. He had an excellent performance that led Grigor Dimitrov to the round of 16. The Bulgarian freed himself in two sets of Jeremy Chardy and could face Rafael Nadal.