• Djokovic, Del Potro return to action in Monte-Carlo

    4/15/13 3:55 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic, Del Potro return to action in Monte-Carlo Novak Djokovic is suiting up this week in Monte-Carlo despite a recent ankle injury in Davis Cup. Djokovic is joined in a section of the draw by Juan Martin Del Potro and Milos Raonic.

    Novak Djokovic suffered a sprained ankle earlier this month during Davis Cup action against the United States, but it apparently won't stop the top-ranked Serb from competing this week at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Djokovic leads the way as the No. 1 seed while looking to end Rafael Nadal's streak of eight straight tournament titles.

    Before Djokovic can worry about Nadal, however, he will have to deal with a difficult section of the draw. Potential quarterfinal opponent Juan Martin Del Potro has never won a main-draw match in Monte-Carlo (he has not played this event since 2009), but he is 16-5 this season with a title in Rotterdam and runner-up finish in Indian Wells. Houston champion John Isner, semifinalist Juan Monaco, and a red-hot Ernests Gulbis also find themselves in the top quarter.

    Isner, who halted a massive slump with his triumph over Nicolas Almagro on Sunday, is set for a blockbuster first-rounder against Gulbis. While the 6'9'' American is just now finding his form, the mercurial Latvian emerged out of his own doldrums with a title in Delray Beach and a run to the Indian Wells fourth round as a qualifier. The winner could advance to face Monaco, who lost to Isner in three sets on Saturday.

    Djokovic will open against either Mikhail Youzhny or Daniel Gimeno-Traver, while Del Potro will begin his campaign against Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukrainian took care of Bernard Tomic in straight sets on Sunday.

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I simply cannot credit the amount that has been written about a twisted ankle.
This has been a heaven sent opportunity for Nole to bleed the occasion for all it's worth and to attain the status of martyr in his home country. To wit, the tearful interview when he explained how he had put his country before concerns for his health and career. Pleeeeeze.

Anyway, it will have gone some way to redress the negative press that followed his untimely retirement at the 2011 DC final.

ed251137 , 4/15/13 5:33 PM

@ ed251137,

You took the words right out of my mouth!!

Give that ankle a rest, geeeze!!!!

Monalysa , 4/15/13 5:48 PM

The whole thing has been carefully stage managed right from the beginning!

What's the betting he will take to the court, bravely, and then pull out citing the ankle.

ed251137 , 4/15/13 8:27 PM

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