The Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 is a special tournament, because of its tradition, glamor and the history that surrounds it. There, Novak Djokovic won two titles and in both cases he beat the king of clay, Rafael Nadal, although in different rounds. And now he is going for more, in his condition of N ° 1 in the world.
Very tough on hard courts, his favorites, Djokovic grew on the slow clay and got even bigger. In fact, he is the only one to conquer each of the nine Masters 1000 at least once and then did so twice. That is why his greatness, being also the maximum champion of the tournaments of that level, since he surpassed Nadal in 2020 and today accumulates 36 M1000 titles.
An example of the quality of the Serbian and his evolution from the base on clay was seen in 2013. Nadal had won his first eight finals in Monte-Carlo and consecutively, but that year he could not increase his undefeated there, since it was precisely Djokovic who won and without giving up a set in the definition, 6-2 and 7-6 (1).
The Spaniard won another three cups in that contest and holds the top mark of 11, but without a doubt the Serbian stopped him on that occasion. Two years later, Djokovic appeared again to put the lid on Nadal in Monte-Carlo, in that case in the semifinal and with another victory in straight sets, by a double 6-3.
In 2015, Djokovic won the defining clash against Czech Tomas Berdych, being his second and last success in that tournament, where he feels very comfortable since the Belgrade right-hander resides in the Principality of Monaco with his family and practices in general. in that place.
The Serb’s record in Monte-Carlo is 34-11. The most striking fact is that in the last four editions he could not overcome the barrier of the quarterfinals, just after the aforementioned 2015 title. In this contest, Djokovic lost three years with the Swiss Roger Federer and on four occasions he yielded to a Spanish rival, two against Nadal and both in finals.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused the suspension of the big event and now the world ranking leader knows his picture, which is very careful. In his debut, for the second round, he could already touch the young Italian ascendant Jannik Sinner, finalist of the recent M1000 in Miami, and then he could face the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, winner of that tournament.
The Serbian is undefeated in 2021, with nine official singles wins. But he hasn’t played for more than a half month, when he was crowned at the Australian Open. You have to see how it reappears in the circuit.