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 Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065
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