Can the sinful man be defeated even in the dust?

Following the Sunshine Double on American hard courts, the spectacular tennis move to Europe for the clay season culminating in Roland Garros. Jannik Sinner will be among the big favorites at ATP Montecarlo.

ATP Monte Carlo: European clay court season begins

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Jannik Sinner and his rivals at ATP Monte Carlo

As every year, the arrival of spring in tennis means soil. The clay court season begins, as always, with major tournaments, including Roland Garros in Paris, serving as an appetizer for the standouts. First Masters 1000 of the season on clay It is the ATP Montecarlo match that will start on April 7 at the Monegasque Country Club courts.

As we write the first 16 seeds have been identified and the “news” is that for the first time we have An Italian ranked number 2. Of course, we are talking about Jannik Sinner, Miami’s new winner who surpassed Carlos Alcaraz in the rankings. The No. 1 seed remains Novak Djokovic, who has done little in 2024 but remains among the favorites on top tennis sites.

Nole also split from his historic coach, Goran Ivanisevic, and although he won twice in Monte Carlo (the last one was in 2015), it hasn’t been going well in recent years. Of these three it’s always hanging in the air Shadow of Daniil MedvedevHe is ranked 4th despite never hiding his hatred for Clay.

Sinner’s luck and possible surprises

Carlos Alcaraz, who is in the top three, seems to be the first favorite of the tournament right now, even though the distances are very close as always. Absolutely, when it comes to Sinner it’s this: His ability on the ground is underestimated. Besides Jannik has little to defendso he could really attack the No. 1 ranking on clay.

Therefore, Alcaraz and Sinner will compete on behalf of the underdogs, while Djokovic will be in the unknown in the sense that it is not known under what conditions he will emerge. But there are other tennis players who want to get a share of the glory in the ATP Monte Carlo. The first name is Alexander Zverev’sHe showed that he could adapt very well on clay before breaking his ankle in the semi-finals of Roland Garros 2022.

The German is back in great form, as he showed on the US hard courts, and will likely be effective on clay as well. Moreover Casper Ruud showed signs of awakeningAfter a difficult period. But the Holger Rune remains a great mystery, for his problem now appears not to be a difficult one mentally, but a moment of crisis in his fledgling career.

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