The 2013 Monte-Carlo Masters final and an amazing victory against the 13-time Open champion were both memorable matches for world number one Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal. France. In 2013, Nadal traveled to Monte Carlo with the intention of winning the competition for the ninth time in a row.
Djokovic was keen to advance farther in 2012 after falling short in the Monte Carlo finals in 2009 and 2012. The 2013 Monte-Carlo Masters final featured Djokovic and Nadal, and Djokovic put up an excellent display to defeat the Spaniard 6-2, 7-6 (1) and earn his maiden Monte-Carlo championship.
“Yes, those clay-court matchups versus Rafa have always been memorable. One of the best clay court matches I’ve ever played was the 2013 final against him, which I won in straight sets. Obviously, he had won every clay court competition for more over ten years.
Therefore, defeating him on this surface is always a huge challenge “Djokovic reportedly stated, according Sportskeeda. Djokovic, who won his second and final Monte Carlo championship in 2015, is hoping for a successful week and his first Monte Carlo championship of the year.
In Serbia, I was raised on a clay court, and for many years, that was the only surface I played on. Although clay hasn’t historically been my most successful surface, I have had a lot of success there. I try to draw motivation from [the] Roland Garros triumph from last year to begin the clay-court season [in] the best way possible “said Djokovic.
“I’m aware that I’m probably not going to be at my best at the start of this week. It will undoubtedly take some time and a few matches for me to fully settle in and discover the competitive game that I really need because I’m still developing and testing my game’s engine.”
Jannik Sinner on competing against Djokovic
Jannik Sinner recently reflected on his thrilling five-set match against Novak Djokovic in an interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Naturally, I give it some thought, and after a few days of irritability, I made an effort to see the bright side.
If Nole hadn’t raised the ante, things might have taken a different turn. Finally, it almost seems as though I have collapsed, but actually, he is the one who has transported me to an other dimension. When I lost against Djokovic, I remembered that I didn’t pass out; instead, he entered another world. I’m maturing. I want to go all the way in New York, “said the sinner.