Novak Djokovic: How many ATP ranking points does the world No 1 have to defend on clay?
Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles and a fourth at the French Open would make him the first man to win achieve the ‘Calendar Slam’ twice.
After struggling at the beginning of last year the Serbian will be coming into the clay season with very few points to defend by his own high standards.
And it means he is in a good place to remain at the top of the ATP rankings.
But after shock defeats last month at Indian Wells and Miami, the 31-year-old will be hoping to bounce back to form.
Where will Novak Djokovic play during the clay season?
Djokovic lives in Monte Carlo and has already made his way to the courts at the country club to begin practising.
His next event will be the Madrid Open, where he has won just twice (2011, 2016).
He will then compete at the Italian Open, where he has a far better record with four titles, then finish at the French Open.
In 2018, Djokovic was beaten in three sets by Dominic Thiem in the fourth round.
It means he has just 90 points to protect and you can expect him to improve on that next week.
After losing in Monte Carlo, Djokovic entered into Barcelona but he suffered a shock defeat in the second round to Martin Klizan.
Djokovic is not expected to play in Barcelona this year so he will lose the 20 points he earned.
Djokovic suffered another early loss in Madrid, on that occasion to Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund.
So the Serbian has only 45 points to defend.
Rome is one of Djokovic’s favourite events with four wins.
Last year, he had the best result of his clay court season when he reached the semi-finals.
It means he has 360 points to hold onto.
And at Roland Garros, Djokovic was surprisingly knocked out by Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals.
Therefore he has 360 points to defend.
POINTS TO DEFEND = 855
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