Novak no.1 seed in Rotterdam!

The draw has been made for the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Rotterdam. This is the first event where Novak Djokovic plays as world no.2.

Novak is no.1 seed and he will start his campaign against world no.66 Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky. The two players have met once, in the second round of last year’s Roland Garros. Nole won 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.

If he passes first round successfully, Novak’s second round rival will be the winner of the match between Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) and Michael Llodra (FRA).

Djokovic’s possible opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:

Quarterfinals: Tommy Robredo (ESP,5), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Semifinals: Gael Monfils (FRA,4), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS,6)
Finals: Nikolay Davydenko (RUS,2), Robin Soderling (SWE,3), Ivan Ljubicic (CRO,7), Viktor Troicki (SRB,8)

This will be Novak’s third appearance in Rotterdam. The Serb reached quarterfinals in 2006, and semifinals in 2007.

Djokovic didn’t play at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament last year, so he’ll gain points for every win.

The indoors event’s prize money is € 1,445,000. Andy Murray won’t defend his 2009 title and 500 ATP points.

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