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)