Singles draw has been made for Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on clay in 2015.
Novak is a top seed and has a first-round BYE. He will face world no.67, Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas in round two (1-0 H2H).
Novak’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: Ernests Gulbis (LAT, 13), Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Quarter-finals: Marin Cilic (CRO, 8), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, 11)
Semi-finals: Rafael Nadal (ESP, 3), David Ferrer (ESP, 5)
Roger Federer (SUI, 2), Milos Raonic (CAN, 4), Tomas Berdych (CZE, 6), Stan Wawrinka (SUI, 7), … are in the other half of the draw and Nole can’t meet them before the finals.
The tournament begins on Sunday, April 12, and will be played until April 19.
Last year, Djokovic fell in semi-finals to Roger Federer (5-7, 2-6).
This will be Novak’s ninth appearance at the Monte Carlo Country Club (23-7 record).