The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament already offered some results that were hard to anticipate, as many top-seeded players have already been eliminated from the competition. The list includes several famous names from the ATP circuit, including Tomas Berdych (ATP No. 7), Richard Gasquet (ATP No. 10), David Goffin (ATP No. 13) and, the greatest surprise, Novak Djokovic (ATP No. 1). The tournament also lost another clay veteran, David Ferrer (ATP No.8), when the Spaniard withdrew before the first match due to an injury.

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This situation, with many seeded players already out of contention, will create an interesting rivalry. It’s a real opportunity for lower-ranked players to come forward. The roads to the higher stages of the competition are a lot more accessible. They will be able to gain more points in the ranking, and also to improve their positions.

Novak Djokovic is human after all

Over recent months, the Serbian player’s performances on the Tennis court were amazing.

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His physical endurance and tremendous success created a myth of invincibility around him. However, when few people expected, Djokovic gave lost to a player who was ranked ATP No.55. Jiri Vesely, age 22, certainly made this season’s surprise on the ATP circuit. The young Czech, whose country has a strong tradition in this sport, accomplished the impossible. At the end of a thriller of over two hours, the Serbian gladiator accepted his defeat 6-4 2-6 6-4.

Although it seemed that Djokovic regained his pace after the second set, the young Czech player found the strength he needed, both physically and mentally, in order to push himself beyond his limits in the decisive moments, and to claim the victory.

Djokovic still holds a huge advantage in the ranking

The Monte Carlo defeat came as a cold shower to Djokovic. Given that he’s always eager to win, the Serbian player must surely be disappointed with the result, but the loss didn't hurt his ATP standing.

With over 16,000 points in the ranking, the Serbian has two times as many points as second-place Andy Murray.

From this perspective, the pressure felt by the Serbian player is minor. However, with this defeat, some aspects regarding his style of playing came to light. The clay court is not the Serbian player’s favorite surface and Djokovic is still striving for his first triumph at Rolland Garros, the only Grand Slam he hasn’t yet added to his record.

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He is like Roger Federer in this regard. The Swiss player made many attempts to win the French Open. He managed to do so only in 2009 when he took advantage of Rafael Nadal’s surprising elimination.

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