Djokovic doesn’t step on clay against Rus

Henry

Tennis’ clay court season is here and Novak Djokovic effortlessly won his first match in Monte Carlo.

The world’s number one player beat Russia’s Roman Safiullin 6-1 and 6-2.

“I’m very satisfied,” said Djokovic after he finished the showdown in just over an hour. “Even in the pots I lost I felt okay on the court and this is a good start to my clay court season.”

The Serbian hit 16 winning shots and he was merciless – poor Safiullin was pretty much chased around the course.

On Sunday, Djokovic became the oldest player ever to hold the top spot in the official ATP rankings and he was persuaded to improve on his previous performances in Monaco.

Although he has already walked away with the tournament laurels twice, he has recently struggled to advance past the quarter-finals.

“I honestly never thought or dreamed that at almost 37 years of age I would still be the world’s leading player. My dedication to the sport and my overall fitness means that I can add another chapter to my career every year.”

He will face Lorenzo Musetti in the next round.

Djokovic is struggling these days against Italian players after he already got stuck against Jannik Sinner and Luca Nardi this year.

Alcaraz out with sore arm

Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from the Monte Carlo spectacle on Tuesday after sustaining an injury to his right forearm.

“I worked hard to recover from the injury in time, but it was impossible and I can’t play. I was really looking forward to the tournament, but I’ll see you next year,” the young Spaniard shared on social media.

Results:

Lorenzo Musetti beat Arthur Fils 6-3 and 7-5

Alexander Zverev beat Sebastian Ofner 6-3 and 6-4

Novak Djokovic beats Roman Safiullin 6-1 and 6-2

Hubert Hurkacz beat Jack Draper 6-4, 3-6 and 7-6

Alex de Minaur beat Stan Wawrinka 6-3 and 6-0