British no.1 Daniel Evans handed Novak first loss of 2021 in R3 of Monte Carlo, following a surprise 6-4, 7-5 win in two hours and six minutes.
Novak is a top seed and has a first-round BYE. The world no.1 will open his 2021 clay-court season campaign against Jannik Sinner (ITA, ATP #22, H2H 0-0) on Wednesday, in his first appearance since winning the historic ninth Australian Open title.
18-time Grand Slam champion has revealed his partial schedule for the 2021 spring season. He will next play at Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Serbia Open.
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.