Jannick Sinner will dredge up hazy childhood memories of a hit with Novak Djokovic when he takes on the great man in the Monte Carlo Masters second round.

The Italian teenager who is fresh from the Miami Masters final, made a running start on Tuesday, defeating Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic will be taking to the court for the first time since winning the Australian Open nearly two months ago.

In the interim, the world No. 1 has been training on the clay, even skipping Miami to remain at his home in the principality.

Sinner, aged 19 and ranked 22nd, has been on a fast climb to the Top 20 and beyond.

The youngster can just about recall taking to the court as a child in a friendly hit with the Serb.

“I remember we were here in Monaco and I practised with him. I was a small kid,  We only hit for one and a half hours.”

Sinner remains unconvinced by theories that Djokovic might be rusty after his long layoff.

“I think he practiced during that time. I knew he had pain in his abs, but I think he’s good now because he is playing here.

“I think he prepared well to be ready. 

“He has more experience than me, but obviously. I don’t think that’s an advantage.

“I’m looking forward to a great battle, trying to play my tennis.”


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