The Serbian will look to bounce back after losing in the third round and the fourth round at Indian Wells and Miami, respectively. Djokovic began his year on a high note, winning 11 of his first 12 matches, and in Monaco he can match Rafael Nadal‘s record of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
– Djokovic’s first Monte-Carlo match came in 2006 when he was just 18 against then-World No. 1 Roger Federer. The Serbian showed his talent on his debut in the Principality, pushing Federer to three sets.
– Rafael Nadal won 46 straight matches in Monte-Carlo from 2005-13, but Djokovic brought that streak to an end in the 2013 final, putting on a clinical display to defeat the Spaniard in straight sets and lift his first title at the Masters 1000 tournament.
– Starting in 2008, Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals or better in seven consecutive appearances, with four of his five losses during that span coming against Federer (2) or Nadal (2).
– Djokovic has won two consecutive matches in Monte-Carlo against Nadal. In 2013, he beat the Spaniard in the final and in 2015, he ousted the lefty in the semi-finals.
– Djokovic is the only player to defeat Nadal at all three clay-court Masters 1000 events.
Five Djokovic Stats From Monte-Carlo
First Match: 2006, Roger Federer def. Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
First Title: 2013, Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal 6-1, 7-6(1)
Top 10 record: 6-6
6-0 Sets Won: 8
Most Recent Appearance: 2018
Djokovic arrived in Monte-Carlo on a three-match losing streak, his first of that length since 2007. The Serbian, who was 13th in the ATP Rankings at the time, showed good form early with straight-sets victories against Dusan Lajovic and Borna Coric.
But after winning the first set against clay-court stalwart Dominic Thiem, Djokovic could not maintain his level as the Austrian upped his, eventually losing in a three-setter in the Round of 16 after two hours and 29 minutes.
Seed at the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters: No. 1
Did You Know?
Djokovic has competed in doubles at this Masters 1000 tournament five times, reaching the 2009 semi-finals with countryman Viktor Troicki.