The Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament will mark the return to action of world number 1 Novak Djokovic. However, if the Serbian aims to add a Monte Carlo third title to his already impressive tally, it could be a tough job ahead for the Serbian. This is based on the possible opponents he will face after the draw was released on Friday.
Notably, the 34-year-old could face Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in what would make up for a spectacular game of tennis at the quarterfinal of the ATP Masters 1000 event. In addition, the recently crowned India Wells champion Taylor Fritz is also in the same quarter as Djokovic.
The tricky draw also sees Djokovic face either Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain or Marcos Giron of the USA in the tournament opener which is his first Masters event of the year. Despite participating in just one event this year, he remains world number 1.
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It should be noted that the Serbian’s participation in tennis competitions worldwide has been limited owing to his non-vaccinated status against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. The same was the reason behind his dramatic deportation from Australia where he was not given a chance to compete and defend his title.
As it turned out, Djokovic’s rival, Rafael Nadal won the title and overtook him and Roger Federer to be the winner of the most Grand Slams- with Nadal’s total tally now standing at 21.
Even in the only competition that Djokovic has participated in 2022- the Dubai Open- he could not emerge as the winner and lost to Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinal. For now, Djokovic is also set to compete in the French Open.