Warinka was knocked out by Bublik

Monte Carlo Masters Live: Stan Warinka is back in the tour-level competition for the first time in 13 months with a glimpse of his old form but the Swiss failed to beat Alexander Bublik in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters, losing 3-6 7-5. Monday 6-2. Follow the Monte Carlo Masters live updates on Insidesport.IN

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The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a leg injury in early 2021 and underwent surgery in March last year before another operation three months later, only to return to action at a Challenger Tour tournament in Marbella last month.

Monte Carlo Masters Live: Warinka knocks out Bublik in Monte Carlo opener

When the 37-year-old lost in the first round of the event, Court Rainier III had some signs of rusting against world number 36 Bublik as he crossed the first set in just 27 minutes to grab an early advantage in the competition. .

Warinka, the 2014 champion, missed an opportunity to break Bublik early in the second set and suspended three set points to hold 5-5 but his determination did not deter the Kazakh opponent from taking the competition to a decisive stage.

Bublik found his notch to lead 5-1 in the third set as Warinka faded before the 24-year-old stopped winning in style.

Monte Carlo Masters Live: Warinka knocks out Bublik in Monte Carlo opener

Earlier, Italy’s 2019 champion Fabio Fognini defeated France’s Arthur Rinderconch 7-5 4-6 6-3 while American Sebastian Corda defeated Botic van de Jundsculop 7-5 6-4 and Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas Talon 6-4-4. 4 lost. 6 6-2.

Former semi-finalist Joe-Wilfred Tsonga will take on Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Monday, hoping to make a deep run in his final appearance at the Masters 1000 claycourt event, retiring after Frenchman Roland Garros.

There are not many big names in the tournament, including Rafa Nadal, Daniel Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Beretini, although world number one Novak Djokovic is back in action and will meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Tuesday.

Monte Carlo Masters Live: Monte Carlo opener Warinka knocks out Bublik

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