"Novak Djokovic is the favourite for Monte Carlo," said a Roland Garros winner

Nicola Pietrangeli, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, indicated the Serb as the probable winner

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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"Novak Djokovic is the favourite for Monte Carlo," said a Roland Garros winner

Novak Djokovic is number one in the world and he has won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters twice in his career. On clay-courts he won against everyone and is also a candidate in the Principality. The Serb returns to the coasts of the Principality after months of hiatus.

No visa to enter the United States of America due to the decision not to be vaccinated against Covid19, therefore no Indian Wells and no Miami. A stop to which he is already used, but which allowed him to start training on clay first.

For all these reasons, he is the favorite to win the first Masters 1000 on red clay on the circuit. Nicola Pietrangeli, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, indicated him as the probable winner. He said: "Djokovic is the favourite.

He has been training on clay for three weeks, due to the stop in America he is loaded like a spring. With the forfeits of Nadal and Alcaraz, he becomes the very favourite."

Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

Novak Djokovic's path to winning title number three in Monte-Carlo is not easy.

Possible crossings with Lorenzo Musetti, in a moment of difficulty in terms of results and game, and with Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. The number one in Italy is among the players in the best shape and could be an obstacle for the Serbian, who has always won against the Italian: the last previous one was in the Principality, with a victory by two sets.

On his side of the draw are also Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev, possible opponents in the semifinals: the latter has a toxic relationship with clay, but has already defeated Djokovic in Monte-Carlo. In the final, however, there are two dangerous candidates, two clay specialists: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.

Both finalists at the Roland Garros, the first, in particular, has the same trophies as the Belgrade tennis player on his showcase; but it was the twenty-two times Grand Slam champion who defeated the Greek in Paris. We recall that Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will not play at the Monte Carlo Coutry Club. The two will try to come back in time for Barcelona and Madrid.

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