Novak Djokovic loses first match in return to tour, upset by 22-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost his opening match of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday. Djokovic was up to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who is ranked No. 46 on the planet.

Djokovic dropped the clay court match in 3 sets with a last rating of 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6. This significant Djokovic’s very first match considering that February and just his 4th of the year. Davidovich Fokina, 22-years-old, broke Djokovic’s serve 9 times.

The 34-year-old Serbian tennis star was required to miss out on the Australian Open previously this year in addition to numerous occasions on the ATP Tour as an outcome of his being unvaccinated versus COVID-19. Djokovic had actually shown up in Melbourne for the 2022 Australian Open, however was unceremoniously deported after a court all maintained the Australian migration minister’s choice to cancel Djokovic’s visa.

Rafael Nadal would go on to win the title and gather his 21st Grand Slam champion, breaking a tie with Djokovic (and Roger Federer) for the most guys’s Grand Slam titles of all-time.

Prior to the Monte Carlo Masters getting underway, Djokovic specified that he is aiming to proceed from what occurred at the Australian Open.

“You have to deal with everything that probably has been dormant inside and is maybe waiting to come out,” Djokovic stated concerning the Australian Open. “I’m trying to deal with it on a daily basis or weekly basis, whatever. If something surfaces, I acknowledge it, but I move on.”

Djokovic just recently recovered his World No. 1 ranking after Daniil Medvedev lost to Gael Monfils in the 2nd round at Indian Wells. Medvedev had actually reached World No. 1 after beating Djokovic at the 2021 United States Open.

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