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Rain suspends Monte Carlo Masters play, Canada’s Auger-Aliassime resumes Tuesday

Aslan Karatsev set up a second-round match with Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4 on Monday as rain played havoc with the clay-court tournament’s agenda.

Karatsev, who rose to 29th in the ATP rankings from No. 194 since August, saved all four break points he faced. He broke his opponent immediately and led 4-3 in the opening set when rain interrupted play for more than four hours.

Once back from the locker room, Karatsev won two consecutive games to seal the opening set. The right-handed Russian hit a total of 23 winners and closed out the match with a cross-court backhand.

Monteal native Felix Auger-Aliassime led Chilean rival Cristian Garin 4-2 in the opening set before play was cancelled for the day due to inclement weather.

The match is set to resume Tuesday.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina also advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Alex de Minaur and John Millman defeated Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal is seeking a record-extending 12th title at the Monte Carlo country club and the 20-time Grand Slam champion could meet top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open champion, in next Sunday’s final. Djokovic beat Nadal in the 2013 final and won the tournament again in 2015, while Nadal’s 11th title came in 2018.

Both have a bye into the second round.

Nadal was defeated by defending champion Fabio Fognini in the semifinals in 2019, and the tournament was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fognini was set to start the defense of his title versus Miomir Kecmanovic.

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