By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem
  • Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • British Interest: Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie
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MONTE CARLO, MONACO – As it feels as though the real build-up to Roland Garros starts, Rafael Nadal looks to defend his title but will Novak Djokovic spoil the party?

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP Masters 1000
Surface Clay
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money $5,585,030
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Top seeds [1] Novak Djokovic

[2] Rafael Nadal

[3] Alexander Zverev

[4] Dominic Thiem

[5] Kei Nishikori

[6] Stefanos Tsitsipas

[7] Marin Cilic

[8] Karen Khachanov

Top Half [1] Novak Djokovic

[6] Stefanos Tsitsipas

[4] Dominic Thiem

[8] Karen Khachanov

Bottom Half [6] Kei Nishikori

[3] Alexander Zverev

[7] Marin Cilic

[2] Rafael Nadal

 

Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,585,030 R2 16-Apr
G Pella (ARG) 63 57 61 M Cilic [7] (CRO)
L Sonego [Q] (ITA) 76(4) 64 K Khachanov [8] (RUS)
N Djokovic [1] (SRB) 63 46 64 P Kohlschreiber (GER)
B Coric [9] (CRO) 67(3) 76(7) 64 J Munar [WC] (ESP)
M Cecchinato [11] (ITA) 06 75 63 S Wawrinka (SUI)
R1
T Fritz (USA) 64 20 RETD J-W Tsonga [PR] (FRA)
F Auger-Aliassime [WC] (CAN) 75 76(5) J-I Londero [Q] (ARG)
C Norrie (GBR) 64 63 A Mannarino (FRA)
P-H Herbert (FRA) 64 64 F Verdasco (SPA)
G Simon (FRA) 75 61 A Popyrin [Q] (AUS)
ATP Monte Carlo €5,585,030 R1 15-Apr
M Fucsovics (HUN) 75 36 61 N Basilashvili [12] (GEO)
R Bautista-Agut (ESP) 36 61 61 J Millman (AUS)
D Lajovic (SRB) 64 64 M Jaziri [ALT] (TUN)
D Medvedev [10] (RUS) 61 61 J Sousa (POR)
J-L Struff (GER) 57 63 61 D Shapovalov [15] (CAN)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) 61 63 T Daniel [LL] (JPN)
M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64 J Chardy (FRA)
M Cecchinato [11] (ITA) 40 RET D Dzumhur (BIH)
D Goffin [16] (BEL) 61 64 G Andreozzi [Q] (ARG)
J Munar [WC] (ESP) 60 63 L Catarina [WC] (MON)
M Klizan (SVK) 76(3) 75 F Delbonis [Q] (ARG)
F Fognini [13] (ITA) 46 75 64 A Rublev [Q] (RUS)
R Albot (MDA) 64 62 A Bedene [Q] (SLO)
L Sonego [Q] (ITA) 76(4) 64 A Seppi (ITA)
D Schwartzman (ARG) 46 63 61 K Edmund [17] (GBR)
ATP Monte Carlo €5,585,030 R1 14-Apr
B Coric [9] (CRO) 64 57 75 H Hurzacz (POL)
G Dimitrov (BUL) 75 64 M Berrettini (ITA)
G Pella (ARG) 67(2) 62 64 L Djere (SRB)
S Wawrinka (SUI) 75 63 L Pouille (FRA)

[1] Novak Djokovic

The World No. 1 and two-time champion comes into the clay court season, perhaps missing a little bit of the form we were expecting after he started the year with a record-making Australian Open title. However, coming into Monte Carlo, he might be less than pleased to see his Indian Wells third round conqueror Philipp Kohlschreiber up first for him.

Djokovic’s Path to final (Seeding/Rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Philipp Kohlschreiber
  • R3: Kyle Edmund [17]
  • QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas [6]
  • SF: Karen Khachanov [8]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2]

Britain’s Kyle Edmund ought to be his third round opponent but it has been a bit of a shaky start to his clay court season with an early exit from Marrakech, where he was defending final points, and with Stefanos Tsitsipas on the rise already this year, he might welcome a chance to meet fellow ‘veteran’ Rafael Nadal by the end of the week.

 

[2] Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, ATP Monte Carlo 2018

Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, ATP Monte Carlo 2018 | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The real question is how well has Nadal recovered from the knee injury that saw him withdraw from his semi-final in Indian Wells. He had looked troubled throughout his quarter-final with Karen Khachanov, and it is obvious he has his eyes on the prize in Paris.

Nadal’s Path to final (Seeding/Rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Roberto Bautista Agut
  • R3: Denis Shapovalov [15]
  • QF: Marin Cilic [7]
  • SF: Alexander Zverev [3]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]

It is not the easiest of starts for him against compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, and his run in to the final could see him against another name in the frame to make something happen at Roland Garros. With Monte Carlo playing quite slow, Alexander Zverev could make things hard for Nadal, and if Djokovic is anything like in the form we expect coming into the second Slam of the year, this is not an easy comeback for the Spaniard.

 

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[3] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The wait for Zverev to make his mark on the Grand Slams continues, and what better way to start for him that the build-up to Roland Garros. He has proved to be not too bad at all on the dirt, winning the Madrid Masters and reaching a second straight Rome Masters final, just falling short to Nadal in the defence of his title. He made it to the second week of the French Open, but three straight five-set matches on one of the more gruelling surfaces took its toll.

Zverev’s Path to final (Seedings/Rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Felix Auger-Aliassime [WC]
  • R3: Fabio Fognini [13]
  • QF: Kei Nishikori [5]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [2]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]

It is a challenging start to what has already looked like a disappointing start to his clay court season with a second round exit in Marrakech. Canadian fast-rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime has had some success on the dirt, and has a lot of confidence at the moment, and with solid clay courters dead ahead of him, Zverev will have his work cut out to get the European clay under his feet.

 

[4] Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2019

Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2019 | (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Thiem’s potential challenge will be to make some inroads into a 3-8 deficit against David Goffin, who is likely to be the first seed he comes across. Things do not get easier for the Austrian with negative head to heads against the rest of his likely field.

Thiem’s Path to final (Seedings/Rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Martin Klizan
  • R3: David Goffin
  • QF: Karen Khachanov [8]
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2]

 

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters take place between 14-21 April – (BST -1 hour).

 

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