Goffin beats fellow Belgian Darcis at Monte Carlo Masters

17 April, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Van Morton
  • Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

The ATP Masters 1000 event begins on Monday (AEST) but the Australian, who is believed to be suffering from fatigue, has made a decision to delay the start of his clay-court season until the Estoril Open on 1 May.

Nadal won't have to deal with Roger Federer, against whom the Spaniard is 0-3 this year, because the reigning Australian Open, Indian Wells, and Miami champion is likely skipping the clay-court season at least until Roland Garros.

Murray was unable to serve at full speed in an exhibition match against Roger Federer in Zurich last Monday, but has been encouraged by his form in practice since then.

For Djokovic the milestone was winning the French Open, for Murray it was getting to world number one after a breakneck end to 2016 that saw him win 25 consecutive matches.

The Spaniard has been drawn in the same half as two-time victor Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.

A look back at Nadal's dominance in Monte Carlo.

Nadal has won 28 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, second only to Djokovic, who has a record 30 pieces of Masters 1000 silverware. He is also in line to meet David Goffin in the singles third round. He will face good friend Gilles Muller or wild card Tommy Robredo in the second round, with a possible quarter-final against fifth seed Marin Cilic or ninth seed and 2015 runner-up Tomas Berdych.

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament is the ideal opportunity to explore the many charms of our resort.

Local star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in Warinka's quarter as well and the Swiss champion will be his biggest hurdle in the tournament. Carreno Busta is sweeping the head-to-head series 4-0, but two of their meetings have required final sets and a Sao Paulo quarterfinal earlier in 2017 ended in a second-set tiebreaker.

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