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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday April 15, 2023

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be back on the clay next week at the Inaugural Srpska Open in Banja Luka. The 22-time major champion, who fell to Lorenzo Musetti in the round of 16 at Monte-Carlo, enters a draw that includes Andrey Rublev, Borna Coric, Jiri Lehecka, Miomir Kecmanovic Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.

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Djokovic will bid for his 94th title, which would tie him for 3rd place on the ATP’s all-time title list with Ivan Lendl for third place.

Here is Djokovic’s projected path to the title:

R1 – Bye
R16 – Stan Wawrinka or Luca Van Assche
QF – [8] Gregoire Barrere or Dusan Lajovic or Filip Krajinovic
SF – [4] Miomir Kecmanovic or [6] Jiri Lehecka
F – [2] Rublev, [3] Coric or [5] Griekspoor

Djokovic owns a 16-2 record on the season, and has claimed titles at Adelaide and the Australian Open.

He struggled against Musetti in Monte-Carlo, surrendering eight breaks of serve while wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm. He brushed off any injury concerns after the loss, saying:

“I don't think it's catastrophic, but my feeling is bad right now because I lost the match,” Djokovic said. “That's all. Congrats to my opponent. I move on.”