Monte Carlo Masters 2021: updated scores, results and schedule for Sunday tennis | Launderer report
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The Monte Carlo Masters main draw started on Sunday with the top players trying to navigate busy terrain in Monaco.
After some of the sport’s biggest stars missed the Miami Open last month, this Masters 1000 event is packed with talent with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev among the participants.
While the top seeds won’t start until later in the week, notable players like David Goffin and Benoit Paire were already in action on Sunday.
Monte-Carlo Masters results
No. 11 David Goffin beat. Marin Cilic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
Jordan Thompson beat. Benoit Paire, 6-4, 6 (3) -7, 7-6 (5)
Draw available on ATPWorldTour.com
It was a tough opening draw for David Goffin, but the No. 11 seed found a way to get past former Top 10 player Marin Cilic.
Goffin excelled in the return leg against Cilic’s second serve, keeping the Croatian at just 34% success rate on his second serve. Cilic faced 18 break points in the game, saving 12 but still struggles to keep his serve.
After a back and forth of the first two sets, Goffin escaped with a third set of 6-0 when his opponent apparently had nothing left.
The poor final set is something that became a theme for Cilic in this event:
Goffin is moving on and could be on course for an intriguing battle against Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.
The second game of the first round of the day was even closer as Jordan Thompson and Benoit Paire battled for three hours and three minutes.
It was a particularly sloppy performance from Paire, who finished with 18 double faults and got only 47% of their first serves on the game. This led to a match that featured 17 total breaks between the two players.
Each player in the three-set battle won exactly 134 points in total, but it was only a few moments that decided the game. Pair equalized the match by winning the second set tie-break, Thompson claimed the win thanks to the third set tie-break.
Thompson will now face No.15 winner Fabio Fognini and Miomir Kecmanovic, while Medvedev looms in the round of 16.