10. 04. 2010. · The draw has been made for Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament on clay in 2010.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has a first-round BYE. He will begin his campaign against the winner of the match between Frenchmen, world no.57 Florent Serra and world no.65 Stephane Robert.
Djokovic and Serra have played three times, Nole leads 2-1. The 22-year-old Serb and Robert haven’t met before.
Novak’s potential opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI,13), Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Quarterfinals: Mikhail Youzhny (RUS,7), Tommy Robredo (ESP,12), David Nalbandian (ARG), Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Semifinals: Marin Cilic (CRO,4), Fernando Verdasco (ESP,6), Tomas Berdych (CZE,10), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP,16)
Defending champion Rafael Nadal (ESP,2), Andy Murray (GBR,3,WC), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA,5), Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP,9), David Ferrer (ESP,11)…are in the other half of the draw.
The event (€ 2,227,500) starts on Sunday, April 11, and will be played until April 18.
Last year Nole lost to Rafael Nadal in the finals.
The winner of the tournament will get €434,000 and 1000 ATP points.
Serbian duo Novak Djokovic/Viktor Troicki will play against Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/Albert Montanes (ESP) combination in the first round of doubles competition on Monday.
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