Defending Monte Carlo champion Novak Djokovic will begin his title defence on Tuesday afternoon, where he is scheduled to meet Spain’s Albert Montanes for the sixth time on the professional tour. Djokovic holds an impenetrable 5-0 lead in the head-to-head series, with 4 of the victories coming on the red clay surface.
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic achieved a fantastic feat during the month of March. The Serbian star won his fourth consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and his fourth Miami crown with a victory over top ranked Rafael Nadal. The win moved him to No. 3 in the Masters 1000 titles leaders list with 18. It was his 43rd career title and made him the only player not named Roger Federer to win the Indian Wells, Miami sweep in the same year twice in his career.
Last year, Djokovic achieved a historic victory here in Monte Carlo, where he defeated eight-time reigning champion Rafael Nadal to secure his first title at this event. He will be looking to successfully defend his title and begin what he hopes will be a fruitful endeavour during the clay court portion of the season.
“Right now I do have confidence after the wins that I had in Indian Wells and Miami. They arrived at the right moment for me because I had a bit of a slow start to the season. Beating Rafa and Roger [Federer] in the finals definitely gives me a confidence boost. Hopefully I can use that at the start of the clay-court season.”
World No. 57 Albert Montanes upset France’s Benoit Paire in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters, after he defeated him 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to set up his clash against Djokovic.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Djokovic holding an impenetrable 5-0 lead in the head-to-head series, with 4 of the victories coming on the red clay surface.
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