After his loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open, the Swiss player chose to skip the clay season again.
World number one Rafa Nadal, who returned to action from a leg injury in Spain's Davis Cup win against Germany last week, is chasing a record-extending 11th title at the clay-court tournament. "I'm practicing well; I am playing with the right intensity I think".
"The reality is I've played six or seven matches since July".
Mischa Zverev won his first-found Monte Carlo Masters match.
Notably, the 16-time Grand Slam champion may face Thiem as early as in the quarter-final of the ongoing tournament.
"I love this event and the weather has been good".
'I always feel good when I am here, ' Nadal added. I'm enjoying being here in Monte Carlo in an event that always brings me to the best feelings possible.
Djokovic has endured something of a blip of late, suffering three consecutive losses, including a three-set defeat at the Indian Wells Masters to Taro Daniel, a qualifier from Japan, following a fourth-round exit at the Australian Open.
"I've had a very hard time in the last 12 months with the injury and everything else that's happened".
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Former world number one Novak Djokovic loses just one game on his way to victory over Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Said a disappointed Nadal. "That's why I am here, to play tennis and to accept all the rules".
The shot clock was trialled during US Open qualifying a year ago, and was also used at the 2017 NextGen Finals in Milan and the exhibition International Premier Tennis League.
Nadal argued that it would be tougher for players to recover between lengthy rallies if restricted to just 25 seconds, especially in front of a vocal crowd.
Croatia's Marin Cilic said on Sunday he has his sights set on the top of the world rankings after his recent rise to number three.
It remains to be seen how the shot clock will affect the game, however, one thing is certainly evident, some of the biggest names in the sport are divided on the opinion and it should be very interesting to see how it all pans out at the US Open later this year.
"Some ball boys were ready for that, some were better, some were not".
Along the same lines, German star Alexander Zverev was also not too anxious about the new potential system, claiming that he already is one of the quickest people on tour.
Mischa Zverev advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters, where he will play against Lucas Pouille, by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime.