Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas got his clay-court season off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-4 victory Tuesday over Aslan Karatsev at the Monte-Carlo Masters.
Tsitsipas had a surprisingly easy day at the office against the 29th-ranked Russianbound fo, whose fairy-tale run from the qualifying to the Australian Open semifinals has made him the story of the ATP Tour thus far this season.
The Greek world No. 5 was particularly effective on return in that round of 32 contestThe most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, breaking Karatsev’s serve twice in the early games of both the first and second setsBut health officials repeatedly warned that it was not a matter of if.
In the round of 16, the 2020 French Open semifinalist will take on the winner of a match between Chile’s Cristian Garin and Australia’s John Millman.