Novak Djokovic considered Monte Carlo Masters withdrawal

Novak Djokovic
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World number one Novak Djokovic admits that he considered pulling out of the Monte Carlo Masters following the death of his grandfather.

World number one Novak Djokovic has admitted that he considered pulling out of the Monte Carlo Masters following the death of his grandfather.

The Serbian was told of the passing just hours before his fifth-round victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

When asked if he thought about withdrawing, Djokovic told reporters after his quarter-final win over Robin Haase: "Yeah, I did, but I'm a professional and life goes on. I know that I cannot change anything now.

"Any time is the wrong time to receive that news. Today was a bit better, but still a lot of emotional ups and downs throughout the match. I got to the semi-finals, which is big result for me under the circumstances."

Djokovic will take on Tomas Berdych on Saturday for a place in the final.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13Belgium David Goffin2,605
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
16France Gael Monfils2,275
17Lucas Pouille2,255
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
19United States Jack Sock2,245
20United States John Isner2,045
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