Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:34 GMT

Djokovic to make return in Montreal

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times)A month after winning Wimbledon Novak Djokovic will pick up a racquet once again as the world number one plays as top seed in the Montreal Masters which begins on Monday.

The Serb who won the first of his three Canadian titles in 2007 in Montreal also added another in 2011 and a 2012 honour in Toronto to his list of North American success stories.

Since beating Roger Federer - who will not compete next week but will save his energies for the Cincinnati Masters and US Open to follow - Djokovic has seemingly done everything possible to keep his distance from tennis.

He missed the Davis Cup quarterfinals last month to rest and was seen on holiday with the family and on the golf course in and around his base of Monte Carlo.

The 28-year-old had said following Wimbledon that he would be decompressing after a tough first half of the ATP Tour season which yielded four Masters 1000 titles and a third Wimbledon.

"There is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have achieved. In contrary I'm thrilled and very proud with all the success that I had so far in the career everything I reached" Djokovic said after his All England Club success.

With world number two Federer missing Andy Murray takes the second seeding with the Scot trying to put aside an embarrassing opening-match loss in the Washington Open.

He won back-to-back Canadian trophies in 2009 and 2010 but has not been past the quarter-finals since.

Murray is about to join fellow tennis elites Federer and Djokovic as a new father with British tabloids reporting wife Kim Sears is due to give birth in February.

Stan Wawrinka the French Open champion takes the third seeding with the Swiss now healed from a shoulder injury which bothered him at Wimbledon and forced him from an appearance on home clay in Gstaad.

Japan's Kei Nishikori seeded fourth is in a similar situation after weeks of leg muscle problems which seem to be improving.

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