Tough draw for Djokovic at Rolex Masters; Tsitsipas goes for a hat-trick

Novak Djokovic has not benefited from his status as world No. 1 in the draw. To reach the final he must defeat Sinner and Zverev or Medvedev. Second-seeded defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud or Andrey Rublev on his way to the final. Tsitsipas can go for a third victory in a row, after winning the Rolex Masters in 2021 and 2022. Novak Djokovic can also go for a third win at Monte Carlo Country Club but he hasn’t won this tournament since 2015.

Former winners Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini are injured. The Italian rising star Jannik Sinner can be regarded as one of the main outsiders, while Alexander Zverev will make his comeback on a clay court after he got badly injured in the semifinal of Roland Garros last year. The German favourite, seeded 13th, will start against Bublik from Kazachstan.

The ATP Masters 1000-tournament began on Saturday with the qualifying rounds.

PHOTO: Tsitsipas