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Djokovic dominates: A stellar start at Monte Carlo Masters

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic showcased his dominance at the Monte Carlo Masters, delivering a masterclass performance against Russia’s Roman Safiullin. Despite rain delays on Tuesday, Djokovic’s emphatic 6-1 6-2 victory in the second round propelled him smoothly into the third round.

The Serbian star, who opted out of the Miami Open to manage his schedule effectively, appeared rejuvenated on the clay courts. Breaking Safiullin’s serve three times in the opening set and twice more in the second set, Djokovic sealed his win with precision and finesse.

Reflecting on his performance, Djokovic expressed satisfaction, highlighting his break point opportunities even in the games he lost. With an eye on the clay season ahead, Djokovic emphasized the significance of starting strong.

Notably, Djokovic’s recent achievement of becoming the oldest number one ranked singles player in ATP history further solidifies his legacy in the tennis world. At 36 years and 321 days, he surpassed the legendary Roger Federer, marking yet another milestone in his illustrious career.

In a lighter moment, Djokovic shared a jovial exchange with Rohan Bopanna, the oldest doubles number one, humorously acknowledging their combined age of 80.

Looking ahead, Djokovic is set to face Lorenzo Musetti in the third round, a rematch from last year’s encounter where the Italian emerged victorious. With determination and focus, Djokovic aims to navigate through the challenges and continue his quest for success at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Meanwhile, German fifth seed Alexander Zverev also asserted his dominance with a convincing victory in the second round, further intensifying the competition at this prestigious tournament.(Reuters)

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