World no.1 needed just 67 minutes to confirm his spot in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters last 8 on Thursday, beating American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-0. He next faces no.10 seed Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Novak is a top seed and has a first-round BYE. He will open his 2019 clay-court campaign at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters against world no.40 Philipp Kohlschreiber (H2H 8-2)
After winning the prestigious award for achievements in 2011, 2014 and 2015, the 14-time Grand Slam champion is once again among the world’s greatest sports stars. He beat Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappé and Eliud Kipchoge for the top men’s award.
Dominic Thiem captured his second career win over Novak Djokovic on Thursday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The Austrian no.5 seed beat the two-time former champion 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 in their third round encounter that lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Novak is no.9 seed and will open campaign against Dusan Lajovic. The Serbian star won Monte-Carlo Masters title twice, in 2013 and 2015. Last year, he suffered a quarter-final upset at the hands of David Goffin (2-6, 6-3, 5-7). This will be his 12th appearance at the Masters 1000 event (30-9 record)
After helping Serbia to reach the Davis Cup semi-final, Novak begins preparations for the European clay-court swing.