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.