Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic picks perfect practice partner for Paris Masters preparation

Novak Djokovic has not played since the US Open, but will take to the court next in Paris, and has been hitting with a familiar face.

The world number one has won the indoor Masters event on five previous occasions, and will be hoping to add to that tally this year.

In preparing to do just that, Djokovic has enlisted the help of world number two and US Open conqueror Daniil Medvedev.

That Slam final encounter has not seen any respect lost between the two men. The pair met at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice to train and hit as they look to go deep at the tournament.

The two men were pictured along with 1998 World Cup winner and France national team manager Didier Deschamps in a Twitter post from the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.

Medvedev and Djokovic are the two most recent champions in Paris. Djokovic first won the event in 2009 and claimed three successive triumphs from 2013-15 before his 2019 title.

Medvedev is currently chasing down Djokovic in the pursuit to become the world number one.

Djokovic currently sits on 11,430 ranking points, 1,800 ahead of Medvedev on 9,630. Moreover, the Serbian is on a streak of 69 consecutive weeks in the top spot. He is enjoying his fifth stint at world number one.

Djokovic and Medvedev will be the top two seeds at the Paris Masters. Therefore, they can only meet at the tournament should they both reach the final in what would be their 10th career meeting.