Novak Djokovic LOSES Monte Carlo Masters opening match – but it’s not what you think

Novak Djokovic LOSES Monte Carlo Masters opening match – but it’s not what you think

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Djokovic is expected to be a serious contender for the majority of clay-court titles this year.

But he can rule out adding the Monte Carlo Masters doubles trophy to his cabinet.

The Serbian was playing alongside brother Marko Djokovic last night when they stumbled at the first hurdle.

The Djokovic brothers lost to No 4 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who qualified for the ATP Finals last year, 6-1, 6-3.

It is the third time this year the singles world No 1 has entered the doubles draw.

To kick-start the season, the Djokovic brothers reached the Qatar Open semi-finals.

Novak then partnered Fabio Fognini to reach the same stage of the Indian Wells Masters last month.

Djokovic’s dream of lifting a trophy in Monte Carlo is not over completely.

The 31-year-old is still in the singles draw where he faces Philipp Kohlschreiber this afternoon.

However, he reckons world No 2 Rafael Nadal is the man to beat in Monaco this week.

“I think Rafa always is a very clear favourite on any clay court in the world, and it doesn’t change. He’s still there,” Djokovic said.

However, he did raise questions over his rival’s fitness.

“I mean, obviously depends how he’s feeling physically,” he added.

“You know, I have seen him play here [at the Monte Carlo Masters, and it] seems like he’s fine.“

Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles and will attempt to complete the set at the French Open last this summer.

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