Defeat at the start in Monte-Carlo: Djokovic flies away from the tournament on the return

First defeat in Monte-Carlo
Djokovic flies out of the tournament on his return

Bad comeback: Novak Djokovic loses his first match since February and must say goodbye to the masters tournament in his adopted city of Monte-Carlo. A 22-year-old Spaniard is too high an obstacle for the world number one.

World number one Novak Djokovic has failed to return to the tennis circuit. In Monte Carlo, the Serb surprisingly lost to Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets 3:6, 7:6 (7:5), 1:6 and was knocked out in his opening match. In the first round, the first seed had a bye.

For his first game since the quarter-finals in Dubai at the end of February, the 20-time Grand Slam winner was far from top form. With 45 unforced errors, the world number one was far too error-prone. Nine times he has fallen from world number 46. Davidovich Fokina takes the serve.

“It will take time to get started”

After losing the first set, Djokovic fell behind twice with a break in the back and forth in the second period. If the favorite then escaped in the decisive third set, he failed to turn the tide. On the contrary: The set went to the Spaniard without much resistance, after 2:54 the game was over.

“It will take time and a few games to really kick off,” Djokovic previously admitted. “The last four or five months have been really tough for me, mentally and emotionally.” Due to the lack of vaccination against the corona virus, Djokovic was not allowed to participate in the hard court tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in the United States. He was unable to start the Australian Open at the start of the season and had to leave Melbourne again in January after a legal tussle. His only tournament before Monte Carlo this year was in Dubai.

In Monte-Carlo, after Djokovic’s exit, Hamburg’s Alexander Zverev is the highest ranked player on the board. The Olympic champion will face Argentinian Federico Delbonis on Wednesday.

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