World number one Djokovic, bidding for a third Paris title to move level with Nadal on 21 Grand Slams, comes into the tournament with a sixth Italian Open under his belt.
Novak Djokovic extended his record at the top of the ATP rankings to 370 weeks on Monday while Rafael Nadal drops down a place to number five.
Novak Djokovic capped a historic week at the Italian Open, where he overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas to capture a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 crown.
A spectacle that was missing for so much of this year when Djokovic didn’t play because he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The top-ranked Djokovic is yet to win a trophy this season while trying to regain his best form after not being allowed to play in the Australian Open because he was not vaccinated for COVID-19.
Carlos Alcaraz believes the sky is the limit after becoming the first player to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the same tournament on clay.
The announcement came not long before Murray was scheduled to take the court against the top-ranked Djokovic in the third round.
It was the Serb's 18th straight win over Monfils and the match was interrupted at 2-2 in the first set as rain forced the roof on center court to be closed.
The ATP and WTA tennis tours have both publicly criticized the All England Club's decision which was announced April 20. Wimbledon starts on June 27.
That could mean a matchup of Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal when their nations play as part of Group B along with Canada and South Korea in Valencia from Sept 14-18.
Six of Djokovic's trophies came at Wimbledon, including victories each of the past three times the tournament was held - in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
Djokovic - who is 10 years older than Rublev - appeared affected by the effort he put in to level the match in the second-set tiebreaker.
Rublev has now equalled Rafael Nadal’s mark of three tour-level titles in 2022, after wins in Marseille and Dubai in February.
Novak Djokovic said that he is aiming to be 'as ready as I can be' for the French Open as he prepares for just his third tournament of the season in Belgrade this week.
Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters, losing a Round of 32 clash to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.