“Might Be Beneficial”: Andy Roddick on Novak Djokovic Facing Carlos Alcaraz at Monte Carlos Masters 2022


Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has begun his clay-court campaign at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2022. According to the draw, Serbian and rising star Carlos Alcaraz could have an opportunity to face each other in the quarterfinal.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion skipped several tournaments for the first three months of the season and is now competing in the second event after the Dubai Tennis Championships.

In his Monte Carlo opening encounter, the top seed Djokovic faces Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Tuesday.

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However, the former world No.1 Andy Roddick evaluated Novak Djokovic’s Monte Carlo Masters 2022 fixture during the Tennis Channel Live. And the 2003 US Open champion has foreseen that facing Carlos Alcaraz might be beneficial for none other than Djokovic.

The 39-year-old American said, “I think this draw is a good one for Novak Djokovic. What he wants is extended rallies, someone to not come in and kind of play awkwardly.”

“He gets a rightie, someone who’s going to play a lot of balls, put a lot of balls in the court, not come out and kind of blow him off the court – with Davidovich Fokina.” 

“I know Dan Evans beat him last year in Monte-Carlo, but I still like that matchup. He’s going to hit a lot of returns, he’s going to be in the return games.”

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“Listen, I hope we see that Alcaraz matchup because I actually think that might be beneficial for Novak.”

“A match kind of early in the clay-court season, but there’s a lot of hype around. You get those kinds of nervous energies again, where you can kind of put a chip on your shoulder and say – ‘Oh if you’re the next one, listen, I’m still here.”

“I think that actually could be a good thing for Novak moving forward through this clay-court season,” Roddick added.

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