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Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka entertain the fans during the Place du Casino match in Monte-Carlo | ATP tour

World number one Novak Djokovic will be aiming to win his third Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters title this week when he returns to the Tour in Monaco.

However, before the serious business started on Sunday, the top seed joined former world number 3 Stan Wawrinka in Casino Square, where the duo took part in an entertaining mini-match in front of a cheering crowd.

Djokovic and Wawrinka landed shots, posed for photos and chatted with each other while delighting Monte Carlo fans with their array of skills.

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Photo credit: Stéphane Danna/Monte-Carlo

The singles stars arrived at the Monte-Carlo Country Club earlier this week and trained together Thursday on Court Rainier III ahead of the third ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season.

Djokovic lifted the trophy on clay in Monte Carlo in 2013 and 2015 and is only taking part in his second event of the season here after reaching the quarter-finals in Dubai in February.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Wawrinka arrives at the clay-court tournament without having played a tour-level event since last March due to injury. The former world No. 3 triumphed in Monte Carlo in 2014 and accepted a wild card in the draw.

Djokovic will face either Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Marcos Giron in his opener and could meet #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in a blockbuster quarter-final clash. Wawrinka is in the bottom quarter of the draw and will open against Alexander Bublik.

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