Djokovic hoping for a new start to the season at Monte Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic heads into the Monte Carlo Masters eager to kick-start his 2017 season after a tricky start to the year.

Djokovic has already lost three times this year and has a win percentage of just 80 per cent. In 2015 he had a win percentage of 93 per cent and only lost six times in 88 matches.

It’s fair to say that 2017 has been a tough year so far for the former world number one.

However, after dismantling Albert Ramos Viñolas in straight sets to get Serbia into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup a week ago, the 29-year-old feels refreshed and ready to try and win the Monte Carlo event for the third time.

"It's nice to be in a place where I spend a lot of time training. It's home here. I spend a lot of time on these courts," said the former two-time champion at the Mediterranean principality.

"It's normal for an athlete to go through ups and downs. I trust myself and the effort I put into my game. I have to believe I'll get the results I'm hoping for.

"All of my thoughts next week will be on this event, I won it in 2013 and 2015. I'm hoping this is the place to have a new start to the season."

Djokovic faces a tough task in his first match. He meets with Gilles Simon in the second round of action.