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MONTE CARLO MASTERS HALTED BY HEAVY RAIN

Posted By Jack Langdon  
13/04/2021
13:00 PM

On the second day at the Monte Carlo Masters, rain halted play throughout the day, causing mixed results for the Australians.

John Millman advanced to the second round after claiming a 6-3, 6-3 victory over rising French star Ugo Humbert.

Millman looked like his old self converting on four from seven break points and winning 77% of points on his first serve.

The Aussie will now face either winner of the clash between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cristian Garin, which was suspended with the Canadian leading 4-2.

Australia’s number-one ranked player Alex de Minaur has tumbled out in the opening round, with the luckless World No. 25’s last win coming on March 2 against John Millman.

The Demon went down to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 7-6 (3) after only managing to convert on two from eight break points and winning a mere 38% of points on his second serve.

Davidovich Fokina will face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the round of 32.

Rain reached havoc at the Monte Carlo Country Club with Aslan Karatsev and Lorenzo Musetti’s match the only other one that was completed.

The Russian overcame the Italian 6-3, 6-4.

“It was a really tough match [for] my first match of the season on clay [with] tough weather conditions,” said Karatsev.

Monte Carlo is Karatsev’s first ATP Tour clay event.

The World No. 29 will have a tough test in the second round, facing Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The other matches of the day were suspended and will resume at 7:00 PM AEST Tuesday.

Over in South Carolina at the Charleston Open, Ajla Tomljanovic dominated the court, ousting Renata Zarazúa 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.

The Aussie converted on an impressive 5 from 5 break points and will now face Clara Tauson in the second round. 

Lauren Davis, Madison Brengle, Shelby Rogers and Nao Hibino were among the other winners of the day.

In the doubles, top seeds Ellen Perez and Strom Sanders wiped Makoto Ninomiya and Kurumi Nara off the court with an empathetic 6-0, 6-1 win.

The Japanese duo won only 26 points for the whole match.

On the challenger tour in Split Croatia, Thanasi Kokkinakis advanced to the round of 16, courtesy of a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Croatian wildcard Duje Ajduković. 

Alex Bolt didn’t have such luck, going down in straight sets.

At the W60 ITF event in Oeiras, Portugal, Sydney’s Seone Mendez fell in straight sets in qualifying.

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