2017 clay season preview: Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros

After helping Serbia to reach the Davis Cup semi-final, Novak begins preparations for the European clay-court swing.

The world no.2 will first compete at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (April 16-23) where he’s lifted the championship trophy twice. Last year, he was stopped in the second round by Jiri Vesely (4-6, 6-2, 4-6).

Two weeks later, Novak will be back at the Mutua Madrid Open (May 8-14). Last year, he won his second crown there, beating Andy Murray in the final (6-2, 3-6, 6-3).

Novak’s last tournament ahead of the second Grand Slam event of the season will be the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (May 14-21). The four-time former titlist finished runner-up in Rome last year, following a 3-6, 3-6 defeat to Andy Murray in the final.

The 2017 Roland Garros will take place in Paris from May 28-June 11. Last year, Novak won his first French Open title and completed the historic career Grand Slam. He outplayed Andy Murray in the epic final (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4).

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