Novak Djokovic not worried by long layoff ahead of Monte Carlo campaign



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Novak Djokovic not worried by long layoff ahead of Monte Carlo campaign

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic hasn't played since the late-February but he is not particularly concerned about his long layoff ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic, now an 18-time Grand Slam champion, handed a straight-set defeat to world No.

2 Daniil Medvedev to win the Australian Open title in his last match played. Djokovic is now set to kick off his clay season in Monte Carlo and he praised rising Italian star Jannik Sinner ahead of his campaign in Monaco. "I haven’t practiced with Sinner a lot for the last year and a half, but before that, we used to train together often.

He is a nice person, devoted and hard working. He is surrounded with the right people, he is ambitious, and I think he has what it takes to be a champ," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.

Djokovic seeded at No. 1

Djokovic is a two-time champion in Monte Carlo, having won it all at the tournament in 2013 and 2015.

"There is not anything special I need to do in terms of preparations (after a longer layoff). I practiced on clay since I cancelled Miami, I am feeling good," Djokovic added. Meanwhile, top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas is also set to kick off his clay season in Monte Carlo.

"Being away from normal everyday life, being kept away from human interactions & ease of traveling made it very difficult. In the very beginning I did think it is going to be relatively easy & I wouldn't suffer as much but it ended up being psychologically excruciating," Tsitsipas said, per Vicky Georgatou.

When asked about potentially adding a coach, Tsitsipas said: "I keep in touch with Gustavo Kuerten, he has helped me a lot. I trust him, I feel we have things in common. I wish I could have him with me, but it is important for my career that we talk, that he can help me."