'It might take Novak Djokovic a couple of tournaments', says expert

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'It might take Novak Djokovic a couple of tournaments', says expert

It was a week without any particular shocks in the world of tennis: only the ATP tournaments in Marrakech and Houston were played while this week the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo will begin. The number one in the world Novak Djokovic is back on the field, aiming to keep the lead in the standings and maybe even more away from the competition.

Steffi Graf's female record of 377 weeks is seriously starting to wobble. The Serbian can take advantage of injuries in the Top Ten of Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal while Alexander Zverev still appears out of shape. Top Ten unchanged with everyone maintaining their positions while immediately behind Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner are ready to take advantage of every opportunity, currently in 11 and 12 position in the standings.

The first change in the standings comes with the Houston winner Reilly Opelka: the American beats compatriot Isner and gains a position in the standings, taking him to 17th place. Reilly moves to his Best Ranking as he loses two positions in the Top 20 Pablo Carreno Busta.

Good leap also for Cilic while our Lorenzo Sonego, now number 26 in the world, loses five positions. American tennis flies beyond Opelka and Isner: best ranking also for Tiafoe, Tommy Paul and the young talent Jenson Brooksby, all gaining some positions.

David Goffin is back in the Top 50: the Belgian after injuries and a period of crisis gains 27 positions thanks to the victory in the ATP 250 tournament in Marrakech.

Djokovic will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Pam Shriver believes Novak Djokovic will have "fire in his belly" on his return to action at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters.

"I expect him to be anywhere from really rusty, and if he has the wrong draw to lose early, to win the tournament," Shriver said. "So, in other words, I don't quite know what to expect. There's nobody that I know - I guess maybe Ash Barty would be the closest one, Serena in her prime, Roger occasionally - and I guess Novak can fit that profile right? Players who can take such a long period of time off and then get right back at it and win.

So it's possible," Shriver continued. "It might take him a couple of tournaments. But I think he's going to have some fire in his belly and he's going to try and match Nadal at 21 [Grand Slams] sooner than later."