Carlos Alcaraz gunning for Novak Djokovic as Spaniard talks up potential Monte Carlo clash

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Djokovic is playing just his second tournament of the year in Monte Carlo after his unvaccinated status kept him out of the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. His only showing this season has been a quarter-final loss to qualifier Jiri Vesely at the Dubai Championships and he now faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his first match at the Monte Carlo Masters, having been given a bye to the second round.

Win his opening two matches and the two-time former champion could face the most recent Masters 1000 champion in the quarter-final stage, Alcaraz. The world No 11 has been the talk of the tennis world since becoming the youngest man ever to lift the Miami Open champion two weeks ago and has already been tipped to surpass Djokovic and his fellow Big Three members to become the “best ever”.

The 18-year-old must also make it past his first two matches, opening with a clash against dangerous American Sebastian Korda, to set up a quarter-final showdown against the top seed, and has been talking up the potential clash after seeing the draw. “I hope to face Djokovic in the quarter-finals,” the young Spaniard said ahead of the tournament.

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