Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic lays down marker to Rafael Nadal with Jannik Sinner victory


Novak Djokovic beat Jannik Sinner in straight sets (Image: GETTY)Novak Djokovic beat Miami Open finalist Jannik Sinner without breaking out of second gear to lay down a marker to world No 3 Rafael Nadal, who is the favourite for the Monte-Carlo Masters title.


Sinner, 19, suffered a narrow defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in Miami earlier this month but rose to No 22 in the world rankings following his impressive run to the final.


He was looking to become just the third teenager to beat Djokovic at an ATP event and was offered a glimmer of hope when he broke in the third set.


But that seemed to trigger the Serbian 18-time Grand Slam winner into action and he got his clay campaign underway with a 6-4 6-2 victory.


Jannik Sinner reached the Miami Open final earlier this month (Image: GETTY)"I have been using this club as a training base so It feels like playing at home and it was very good encounter.


"His all round play, he hits the ball in the sweet spot on any surface and has got a lot of talent," he explained.






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