Novak Djokovic's History In Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic's History In Monte Carlo

This year, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has dropped two matches on the ATP tour this year and he has captured two out of three championship matches that he played.

But if he is to do that, chances are Djokovic will have to get the better of Nadal, who has won Roland Garros a staggering 11 times.

This week the Serb, Novak Djokovic is playing the Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 and in the doubles court he will be teaming up with his compatriot, Marko Djokovic. "Zverev has done really well on clay the past few years".

Djokovic and 11-time victor Rafael Nadal, along with Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem, stand as favourites on paper for the first major title of the French Open preliminary events.

"It would be definitely better to approach Roland Garros with a win in one of the big other clay-court events prior to the French Open", Djokovic said. "But at the same time it is what it is and as I said I'll try to look on the positive side", Djokovic said.

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Djokovic referred to Nadal's troublesome right knee, which flared up again last month and forced the second-ranked Nadal to pull out of his eagerly-awaited semifinal against Federer at Indian Wells. "Personally I think most of the people understood why he chose to skip the clay court season past year, and I also understand why he wants to play. Like I've said hundreds of times, that he's probably my favorite sportsman in the world since a long time ago".

"He's been playing great tennis lately, winning two out of his last three events (Dubai and Miami with an Indian Wells final against Thiem)". "But at the same time, I have had great Roland Garros tournaments in the past where I maybe didn't win any of the big ones before. He's got a better title chance at tournaments other than Roland Garros, but he has won it in the past (2009)". Definitely, for our sport, it's better that he plays. Certainly I was disappointed because I thought I was playing better and better and I thought I could go far.

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal stayed humble when talking about contending for record-extending 12th title at the ATP Monte-Carlo Masters, just hoping that he can play a good tournament in Monte-Carlo. "It's tough to have a clear view about how I am", said the second-seeded Spaniard. "He's still there. I mean (it) obviously depends how he's feeling physically. That can serve only as an incentive". I have seen him play here, he's been here a few days, seems like he's fine. "He's the number one guy on this surface without a doubt".

"After him, it's quite open", Djokovic said of the contenders on clay.

"That would be the match of the season, yes", Djokovic said Sunday at the Monte Carlo Masters. But he says Rafa is the man to beat.

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