Novak Djokovic has raised doubts over his participation at the French Open as he struggles with an arm injury.
The world no.2 was a hot favourite to defend his Monte Carlo Masters crown this week but he was ousted by Roger Federer with a straight-sets loss in the semi-finals.
A 7-5 6-2 beating at the hands of the 32-year-old has been partly put down to the heavy bandaging on the Serbian's right arm. It's an issue that, he claims, has been affecting him for around 10 days, despite his good form in the principality until now.
The 26-year-old looked fine in the earlier stages of the last-four tie as well; he even had a couple of set points that went amiss, but he soon lost rhythm and consistency as he went down to Federer comfortably in the end.
He will require a scan to see how the bad the damage is, and to check whether he will be able to launch an assault on Rafael Nadal's stronghold at Roland Garros.
"The good thing is I don't need to have surgery," Djokovic revealed to SkySports after the semi-final.
"I don't have any rupture or anything like that. I'm going to go and see doctors and will have another MRI scan to see if anything has changed in the seven days since I had the last one.
"I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don't know. It's really not in my hands anymore.
"I'm going to rest and see when it can heal 100 per-cent, then I will be back on court."
If the scan does reveal any issues for the 26-year-old, it will mean that he has just six weeks to repair and recuperate before the action begins in Paris.
It may also mean that he will miss Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome as the clay season really begins to hot-up.
Djokovic will be bitterly disappointed to miss out on Sunday's final that Federer will now compete in with fellow Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka. Last year, the six-time Grand Slam winner, broke Nadal's eight-year winning streak in Monaco.
It could have proved to be a valuable boost to his chances of completing a maiden French Open crown and a career Grand Slam with it.
A final loss to Nadal in 2012 is as good as it has got in France for Djokovic. Last year Nadal was victorious again during a gruelling five-setter.
This year looks to be better than any previous for challengers to try and dethrone the 'King of Clay' Nadal.
The Spaniard will be firing for a record ninth title but his early preparations received a rude interruption. David Ferrer, the 27-year-old's compatriot, stormed to a shock quarter-final win in Monte Carlo in straight-sets.
Nadal is nigh-on unstoppable at the only Grand Slam that is played on clay though. An unexpected fourth-round defeat to Robin Soderling in 2009 was his first and only ever defeat. Federer took advantage to win that year.
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