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The 31-year-old from Serbia will hope a switch in surfaces brings about a change in results - he has twice before been crowned champion in Monte Carlo, too. "But at the same time it is what it is and as I said I'll try to look on the positive side", Djokovic said.

"After him, it's quite open", Djokovic said of the contenders on clay.

Djokovic will begin his quest for glory against either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Taro Daniel, while Nadal will face the victor of the match between fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Australian John Millman. Should he win one of this year's three clay-court Masters 1000 events, where Nadal will also be present, the psychological boost could be crucial for Djokovic.

Djokovic will be looking to make a strong start to his clay court season after surprise losses in Indian Wells and Miami.

"He's been playing great tennis lately, winning two out of his last three events (Dubai and Miami with an Indian Wells final against Thiem)".

Kohlschreiber beat Djokovic in Indian Wells a month ago and the pair have been drawn to face each other again this afternoon.

Djokovic also believes in the power of Federer as the 37-year-old steps back onto the clay. There are the really young guys like Felix, I think he likes clay a lot.

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The top seed said that while he would prefer to head to Paris with a title in his pocket, it's not a desperate situation. Certainly I was disappointed because I thought I was playing better and better and I thought I could go far. "'I mean, he's been playing some great tennis lately. That can serve only as an incentive". Novak Djokovic feels that the recent American ascendancy of Roger Federer would enliven his performance on the clay.

Both players have byes to the second round here, and are due to play Tuesday or Wednesday.

But this is Nadal, and this is clay, a surface on which he has been as dominant as anyone in history.

"You have to be able to construct the point in various ways".

"[The] clay courts here in Monaco are probably the slowest of the big ones that we have on the Tour".

This week the Serb, Novak Djokovic is playing the Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 and in the doubles court he will be teaming up with his compatriot, Marko Djokovic.

"That would be the match of the season, yes", Djokovic said Sunday at the Monte Carlo Masters. "I think the outcome of the French Open this summer may well depend on matches Rafa and Novak play against each other over the next couple of months". Right now it's just a different world. In that tournament the German single hander Kohlschreiber beat Djokovic in 2 straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to score his second career win against the legendary Serbian.