Novak Djokovic is ready to make his return to the ATP Tour at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where he will aim for his third title at the prestigious clay-court event.
The world number one has not played since winning his ninth Australian Open title in February, but he says he has recovered from the abdominal injury that hampered him in Melbourne and is eager to compete again.
“I’m feeling great. I’ve had two great weeks of training,” Djokovic said in a pre-tournament press conference on Sunday. “I was fortunate to have a lot of quality players here in Monte-Carlo and we got a lot of hours on the court.
I’m just really glad that I’m back playing in a tournament. It’s been a while since my last official match and I’m looking forward to it.”
Djokovic has a special connection with Monte-Carlo, where he resides with his family and trains at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. He won the title here in 2013 and 2015, becoming the first player to beat Rafael Nadal in the final. He also reached the final in 2009 and 2012, losing to Nadal on both occasions.
“It’s one of my favourite tournaments and one of the most important ones for me personally because I live here and I spend a lot of time here throughout the year,” Djokovic said. “It’s always been a goal for me to do well here and try to win it.
I’ve been fortunate to win it twice and play several finals, but it’s also one of the toughest tournaments to win because you have the best players in the world playing here.”
Djokovic will face either Jannik Sinner or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening match on Wednesday. He could potentially face Nadal in the semi-finals, in what would be their 57th meeting and their first since last year’s Roland Garros final.
Djokovic said he is not looking too far ahead, but he is aware of the challenge that Nadal poses on clay.
“He’s obviously the number one favourite to win any clay-court tournament that he plays,” Djokovic said. “He’s still playing at a very high level and he’s very motivated. He’s had some tough losses this year so far and I’m sure that motivates him even more to prove himself and everyone else that he can still play at his best.”
Djokovic added that he is also motivated by his own goals and ambitions, especially after surpassing Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks as world number one last month. He said he is proud of his achievement, but he is not satisfied yet.
“It was definitely one of my two biggest professional goals,” Djokovic said. “To reach that historic number one ranking and stay there for as long as possible was something that I’ve been working towards since I started playing professional tennis.
It’s a huge honour and a privilege, but at the same time it’s not something that I take for granted. I appreciate every week that I’m number one and I try to work hard to stay there.”
Djokovic said he is also aiming to win more Grand Slam titles and Olympic medals, as well as to improve his game and his mental strength. He said he is always looking for new ways to challenge himself and grow as a player and a person.
“I think motivation is something that comes from within,” Djokovic said. “It’s not something that you can buy or get from someone else. It’s something that you have to find within yourself and nurture it every day. For me, motivation is linked with passion and love for what I do. As long as I have that fire in me, I’ll keep going.”
Final Thoughts: Djokovic Ready to Make a Strong Comeback at Monte-Carlo Masters
Novak Djokovic’s return to the ATP Tour at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters is a much-anticipated event for tennis enthusiasts. After his ninth Australian Open title win in February, Djokovic took a break from the tour due to an abdominal injury. However, he has now fully recovered and is ready to compete again.
Djokovic’s love for Monte-Carlo is palpable, and he is eager to perform well at this clay-court event, where he has won twice before. He has also had a fruitful two weeks of training with quality players in Monte-Carlo, giving him the confidence to perform well in his upcoming matches.
Despite the challenges of playing against some of the best players in the world, including a potential semi-final against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic is not looking too far ahead. He is motivated by his own goals and ambitions, including winning more Grand Slam titles, Olympic medals, and improving his game and mental strength.
Djokovic’s focus on motivation being linked with passion and love for what he does shows his dedication and drive to continue improving as a player and person. Djokovic’s determination and passion for the sport make his return to the tour an exciting event to look forward to.
In conclusion, Djokovic’s return to the tour at the Monte-Carlo Masters promises to be an exciting event for tennis fans. His dedication, passion, and love for the sport will be on full display, making his matches a must-watch.