World No.2 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament due to a knee injury. Djokovic has not lost a match in the new season and he has been enjoying a tremendous form of late.
In-form Serbian Novak Djokovic who is ranked 2nd in ATP Rankings has pulled out of Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters due to a knee injury. Djokovic has not lost a match in this new season so far. Coming from back-to-back titles victories in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, the Serbian was considered as a top threat for Rafael Nadal in this tournament. Djokovic has made it to the Monte-Carlo semi-finals three consecutive years, but this time he was tipped as the most favourite contender to clinch the title.
On the other hand, top seed and World No. 1 Nadal, who ended up as runner-up to Djokovic in Indian Wells and Miami, will be eying his record seventh consecutive title in Monte-Carlo and a 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. Interestingly, sixteen Grand Slams title winner and three-time finalist Roger Federer has been seeking his maiden Monte-Carlo title and first clay-court title since he won Roland Garros in 2009.
Djokovic declared on his official website "It is a very sad moment not only for this tournament and my fans, but also for myself. This is my favourite tournament and one of my two home events. Monte Carlo is where I spend most of my time away from the circuit and this is my club where I practise and train all year long. Unfortunately I had to take this decision to withdraw and I would like to thank Tournament Director Zeljko Franulovic for his understanding and support."