By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal
  • Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • British Interest: Andy Murray, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund
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MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Rafael Nadal returns to defend his title – probably as the most in-form player given Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s recent injury woes.




 Draw & Results

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Order of Play


ATP Monte Carlo €4,273,775 R2 18 Apr
A Mannarino [Q] (FRA) 67(3) 62 63 J-W Tsonga [7] (FRA)
N Djokovic [2] (SRB) 36 63 75 G Simon (FRA)
P Cuevas [16] (URU) 63 63 J Sousa (POR)
D Goffin [10] (BEL) 75 61 N Almagro (ESP)
G Muller (LUX) 62 62 T Robredo [PR] (ESP)
L Pouille [11] (FRA) 62 64 R Harrison (USA)
J-L Struff [Q] (GER) 64 64 C Ruud [WC] (NOR)
R Haase (NED) 63 62 D Dzumhur [LL] (BIH)
P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64 M Granollers (ESP)
T Haas [PR] (GER) 62 63 B Paire (FRA)
J Vesely 76(3) 63 M Zverev (GER)
K Khachanov (RUS) 62 64 N Mahut (FRA)
C Berlocq [Q] (ARG) 36 62 61 P-H Herbert [LL] (FRA)
J Chardy [WC] (FRA) 76(3) 36 63 B Coric [WC] (CRO)
F Lopez (ESP) 76(6) 75 D Medvedev (RUS)


ATP Monte Carlo €4,273,775 R1 17 Apr
R Bautista Agut [12] (GER) 16 63 75 N Basilashvili (GEO)
D Schwartzman (ARG) 61 76(3) B Tomic (AUS)
P Cuevas [16] (URU) 63 60 V Troicki (SRB)
A Zverev [14] (GER) 61 62 A Seppi [WC] (ITA)
N Almagro (ESP) 46 63 61 M Klizan [Q] (SVK)
K Edmund (GBR) 75 61 D Evans (GBR)
A Mannarino [Q] (FRA) 16 63 64 G Garcia-Lopez [Q] (ESP)
P Carreno Busta [13] (ESP) 76(0) 67(4) 63 F Fognini (ITA)
A Ramos-Vinolas [15] (ESP) 62 63 R Olivo [Q] (ARG)
T Berdych [9] (CZE) 46 63 64 A Kuznetsov[ Q] (RUS)


ATP Monte Carlo €4,273,775 R1 16 Apr
D Goffin [10] (BEL) 62 61 S Darcis (BEL)
J Sousa (POR) 63 62 F Mayer (GER)
G Simon (FRA) 62 62 M Jaziri (TUN)


[1] Andy Murray

We have to take the approach that if Murray has opted to be part of the draw, he’s planning to play. There has been concern about his elbow since a lacklustre exit in his opening round of Indian Wells, and skipping Miami to recover from his injury.

More promising was seeing him feel well enough to honour his obligation to participate in a Roger Federer fund-raiser and continuing his training and warming up in Nice and then onto Monte Carlo. He is defending semi-final points and we actually think the foundations for his year-ending No. 1 run in 2016 actually were built on the clay.

Over the years he has improved his run on the dirt, borne out with his first Roland Garros final last year – and a good start here is important.

Path to the final (on rankings)

  • R2: Gilles Muller/Tommy Robredo
  • R3: Albert Ramos Vinolas [15]
  • QF: Marin Cilic [5]
  • SF: Stan Wawrinka [3]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2]


[2] Novak Djokovic

All the cool kids have problems with their elbows these days! But first back on the scene was Djokovic on Davis Cup, albeit for just the opening rubber, but a three-set win would be a handy test for the World No. 2.

This time last year, it was a shocking opening round exit for Djokovic, so with Murray defending some points here, it is a chance to put on a little pressure not to mention start winding up his own campaigns to defend – there is a hefty whack of points for Djokovic to defend in this section of the season.

Path to the final (on rankings)

  • R2: Gilles Simon
  • R3: Pablo Carreno Busta [13]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [6]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [4]
  • F: Andy Murray [1]


[3] Stan Wawrinka

The 2014 champion has not had too bad a clip this year up to Indian Wells, as we return to a surface that suits the one-handed back-hander well. He started his clay court season here last year with a good run to the quarter-final and finished with a little bit of a flourish with the Geneva title just ahead of the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Monte Carlo has a special significance for Wawrinka – it was his first and only Masters to date, despite his presence as part of the now Big Five, seeing as he is just one Wimbledon away from a career Slam.

With Djokovic and Murray still really working their way back into the tour, there could be a chance for the Swiss to shine in this section.

Path to the final (on rankings)

  • R2: Mischa Zverev
  • R3: Joao Sousa
  • QF: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [7]
  • SF: Andy Murray [1]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2]


[4] Rafael Nadal

The defending champion is still chasing that elusive 10th Roland Garros title, and with Federer not even taking to the dirt until the French Open, who will be stopping him? His return to the top has actually been just as impressive given his recent injury and confidence issues.

He almost had Federer on the ropes at the Australian Open, and just faded away at the last hurdle, but back on the clay now, we ought to expect Nadal to be dominant again especially with the tour front runners getting over their own injury woes.

Nadal is 0-3 in his finals this year, but he surely is the huge favourite. He has won this event nine times, with that incredible run from 2005-2012 with Djokovic upsetting the Calvados-cart in 2013 before Nadal’s return in 2016 to the top.

That being said, this section of the draw has two of the ATP’s Next Generation who are also no slouches on the clay. British interest in this section will come and go fairly quickly, we feel, British Nos. 2 and 3 clash in the opening round as Dan Evans takes on Kyle Edmund, and Edmund is the more likely to progress to be Nadal’s opener.

Path to the final (on rankings)

  • R2: Kyle Edmund
  • R3: Alexander Zverev [14]
  • QF: Grigor Dimitrov [8]
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [2]
  • F: Andy Murray [1]


The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters take place between 16-23 April – (BST -1 hour).

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