World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has revealed his early spring calendar, adding Miami, Monte Carlo and Belgrade to his schedule. Novak claimed the ninth Australian Open title in February despite an abdomen injury, taking a couple of weeks off and carefully thinking about his next tournaments.
Novak's coach Goran Ivanisevic recently said that Novak could stay away until the clay season, but they have changed the plan and added the Miami Open to his calendar. Between 2007-2016, Djokovic claimed six Miami crowns, securing the first as a teenager in 2007 following wins over Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Guillermo Canas.
Novak had to wait for four years to lift the trophy again in Florida, prevailing against Nadal in the deciding tie break and defending the title in 2012 without losing a set. The Serb was the player to beat in Miami between 2014-16, clinching three straight crowns to become the tournament's ultimate legend.
In 2018 and 2019, Djokovic lost to Benoit Paire and Roberto Bautista Agut, and he will be the favorite from March 24, especially if he maintains the Australian Open level. After Miami, Novak will return to Europe and enter the Monte Carlo Masters draw, seeking the first crown in the Principality since 2015.
Novak Djokovic will play in Miami, Monte Carlo and Belgrade this spring.
Novak made the Monte Carlo debut in 2006 against Roger Federer and reached the first final three years later, losing it to Rafael Nadal in three sets.
In 2012, Nadal toppled Djokovic again in the title match before Novak lifted two trophies in 2013 and 2015, beating the Spaniard in both campaigns. A week later, Novak will return to Serbia and play in front of his fans at the Novak Tennis Center.
Belgrade bought the license from Budapest and will host the ATP caravan for the first time since 2012. Novak won the inaugural edition in 2009 and regained the title in 2011 after beating Feliciano Lopez in the final. Novak has won all nine matches so far in 2021, beating Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov at the ATP Cup and defeating seven rivals at the Australian Open to claim the ninth Melbourne Park title and add the 18th Major crown to his tally.