World No. 1 and reigning Monte-Carlo masters champion, Novak Djokovic, is in the same half of the draw as tennis legend Roger Federer as he aims to clinch a third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The 28-year-old has won two of the last three Monte Carlo events having needed three sets to see off Tomas Berdych in last year’s final – he will face either Jiri Vesely or Teymuraz Gabashvili in his second round match with Frenchman Gael Monfils or Spaniard David Ferrer waiting in the wings for a difficult quarter-final.
The Serb comes into the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the 2016 season having lost just one match whilst lifting trophies in Doha , Indian Wells, Miami and of course, the Australian Open. The Belgrade native will be strong favourite to progress having reached the final at every Masters 1000 tournament since 2014 Shanghai, where he was beaten in the semi-finals by none other than Roger Federer.
The 2016 tournament could see another heavyweight semi-final meeting between Djokovic & Federer in Monte-Carlo, should both men advance. It would be their 46th meeting, with Djokovic edging into a 23-22 lead in their head-to-head series after beating the Swiss in the Australian Open semi-finals.
However, this year’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters will be the first tournament for Federer since undergoing arthroscopic surgery for a meniscal tear in his left knee after the Australian Open. Despite the injury, Federer has been seeded third and will face either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Tomaz Bellucci in the second round as he chases a first ever Monte Carlo crown having lost in four finals in the principality. The 34-year-old Swiss is desperate to add the Monte-Carlo crown to his record collection of 24 Masters 1000 trophies
Federer begins against Thomaz Bellucci or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, with the possibility of Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round. Both eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and ninth seed Richard Gasquet could pose a threat to Federer in the quarter-finals.
The complete schedule, that includes second seed Andy Murray, and fourth seed Stan Wawrinka can be found here
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