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  • Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov
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MONTE CARLO, MONACO – After making a triumphant return for Spain in the Davis Cup, can Rafael Nadal go for a record 11th title at the Monte-Carlo Country Club?

 

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Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 QF 20-Apr
G Dimitrov [4] (BUL) 64 76(5) D Goffin [6] (BEL)
R Nadal [1] (ESP) 60 62 D Thiem [5] (AUT)
K Nishikori (JPN) 64 67(1) 63 M Cilic [2] (CRO)
A Zverev [3] (GER) 46 62 75 R Gasquet (FRA)

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 R3 19-Apr
D Goffin [6] (BEL) 64 75 R Bautista Agut [11] (ESP)
A Zverev [3] (GER) 64 46 64 J-L Struff (GER)
G Dimitrov [4] (BUL) 46 63 64 P Kohlschreiber (GER)
D Thiem [5] (AUT) 67(2) 62 63 N Djokovic [9] (SRB)
R Gasquet (FRA) 62 75 M Zverev (GER)
R Nadal [1] (ESP) 63 62 K Khachanov (RUS)
K Nishikori (JPN) 60 26 63 A Seppi [Q] (ITA)
M Cilic [2] (CRO) WO M Raonic [14] (CAN)

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 R2 18-Apr
K Nishikori (JPN) 75 62 D Medvedev (RUS)
R Bautista Agut [11] (ESP) 63 76(5) F Lopez (ESP)
K Khachanov (RUS) 62 62 G Simon [WC] (FRA)
J-L Struff (GER) 64 62 F Fognini [13] (ITA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 62 A Ramos-Vinolas [15] (ESP)
N Djokovic [9] (SRB) 76(2) 75 B Coric (CRO)
R Gasquet (FRA) 62 61 D Schwartzman [10] (ARG)
A Seppi [Q] (ITA) 46 63 75 G Garcia-Lopez [LL] (ESP)
M Raonic [14] (CAN) 76(5) 62 M Cecchinato [Q] (ITA)
R Nadal [1] (ESP) 61 63 A Bedene (SLO)
M Cilic [2] (CRO) 63 76(4) F Verdasco (ESP)

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 R2 17-Apr
D Thiem [5] (AUT) 57 75 75 A Rublev (RUS)
M Zverev (GER) 26 61 76(3) L Pouille [7] (FRA)
G Dimitrov [4] (BUL) 36 62 64 P-H Herbert [Q] (FRA)
D Goffin [6] (BEL) 76(4) 75 S Tsitsipas [Q] (GRE)
A Zverev [3] (GER) 46 63 62 G Muller (LUX)
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M Cecchinato [Q] (ITA) 63 62 D Dzumhur (BIH)
G Simon [WC] (FRA) 63 46 62 A Mannarino [16] (FRA)
J-L Struff (GER) 63 62 Y Sugita (JPN)
F Verdasco (ESP) 57 76(4) 61 P Cuevas (URU)
F Lopez (ESP) 57 76(5) 64 B Paire (FRA)
F Fognini [13] (ITA) 64 75 I Ivashka [Q] (BLR)
D Schwartzman [10] (ARG) 06 62 63 G Pella (ARG)
A Seppi [Q] (ITA) 63 57 62 Kyle Edmund (GBR)
R Gasquet (FRA) 64 76(5) J Chardy [Q] (FRA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 62 T Sandgren (USA)

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 R1 16-Apr
R Bautista Agut [11] (ESP) 64 63 P Gojowczyk (GER)
A Ramos-Vinolas [15] (ESP) 63 63 J Donaldson (USA)
A Rublev (RUS) 76(7) 26 75 R Haase (NED)
B Coric (CRO) 62 63 J Benneteau (FRA)
K Nishikori (JPN) 46 62 61 T Berdych [12] (CZE)
M Raonic [14] (CAN) 36 62 63 L Catarina [WC] (MON)
N Djokovic [9] (SRB) 60 61 D Lajovic [Q]
G Muller (LUX) 75 64 F Mayer [LL] (GER)
A Bedene (SLO) 64 76(3) M Basic [LL] (BIH)
S Tsitsipas [Q] (GRE) 63 64 D Shapovalov (CAN)
P-H Herbert [Q] (FRA) 76(7) 64 P Lorenzi (ITA)

 

ATP Monte Carlo €5,238,735 R1 15-Apr
K Khachanov (RUS) 75 64 T Kokkinakis [WC] (AUS)
M Zverev (GER) 62 67(4) 61 F Auger-Aliassime [WC] (CAN)
D Medvedev (RUS) 67(4) 62 75 M Fucsovics (HUN)

 

 

[1] Rafael Nadal

Having limped off court at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal bided his time to come back on his beloved clay, and made the impact Spain wanted in the Davis Cup quarter-finals, helping his country to a win over Germany. He looked very much in control on the clay with straight sets wins over both Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alexander Zverev.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Aljaz Bedene
  • R3: Adrian Mannarino [16]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [5]
  • SF: David Goffin [6]
  • F: Marin Cilic [2]

Predictably Nadal has a winning record over all his potential opponents. Dominic Thiem’s injury picked up in Indian Wells has kept him off the courts and while he might be able to play himself into some form, he may not have enough match-play to handle Nadal. David Goffin’s win over Nadal at the World Tour Finals cannot really be relied upon as Nadal was struggling with injury, and you would not bet against Nadal to hand down a lesson to Marin Cilic in a potential final.

 

[2] Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic at the 2017 US Open Marin Cilic

Photo by Mike Frey/BPI/REX/Shutterstock | Marin Cilic at the 2017 US Open

The big-serving Croatian started his clay court season last year with a run to the Monte Carlo quarter-final before winning the Istanbul title. He may have faltered a little in Madrid but picked up some good momentum to make the French Open quarter-final last year.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Fernando Verdasco
  • R3: Milos Raonic [14]
  • QF: Pablo Carreno Busta [8]
  • SF: Alexander Zverev [3]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]

While Cilic has a solid head to head over Fernando Verdasco, he lost their only encounter on clay. He ought to have an edge over a returning Milos Raonic and while he has never met Pablo Carreno Busta on the clay, he has yet to lose to the Spaniard. Things look a little stickier when it gets to Zverev and he would need to snap a four-match losing streak against the two-time Masters champion including one on the dirt (Rome 2017).

Apart from defeating Nadal in their first ever encounter in 2009, his most recent win over the 10-time Monte-Carlo champion of course came at the Australian Open where Nadal had to retire in their quarter-final. Elsewhere Nadal has been dominant in their head to head.

 

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[3] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev at the 2017 Nitto ATp World Tour Finals, London

Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock | Alexander Zverev at the 2017 Nitto ATp World Tour Finals, London

Still feeling very much like a work in progress, it was a tough loss for the German in a momentum-swinging Miami Masters final, and a mixed weekend in the Davis Cup quarter-final with a win and a loss. Last year he was pretty steady on the clay, picking up some good pace with the Munich and Rome titles, but crashed out of the French Open in his first round.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Yuichi Sugita
  • R3: Fabio Fognini [13]
  • QF: Lucas Pouille [7]
  • SF: Marin Cilic [2]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]

Somewhat surprisingly he may have to get some revenge over Yuichi Sugita who has the win over Zverev in their solitary meeting to date, but he might feel more confident of extending his wins over Fabio Fognini. It could be a first time meeting against Lucas Pouille, who had his own share of heroics in the Davis Cup weekend. He has enjoyed a four-match spree over Cilic, but last year he was smarting with a loss at the hands of Nadal for the gain of just two games.

 

[4] Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov at the 2017 Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, London

Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock | Grigor Dimitrov at the 2017 Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, London

After a pretty solid start to the year (if a little disappointed with his loss in the Australian Open quarter-final, the spring hard court swing was not particularly good for Dimitrov. With not a lot to defend after an opening round bounce last year, the way is clear for the Bulgarian to pick up a bit of steam.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Filip Krajinovic
  • R3: Albert Ramos-Vinolas [15]
  • QF: David Goffin [6]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [1]
  • F: Marin Cilic [2]

Dimitrov should be assured of a run to meet his first seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas who is an even match for him, but the Bulgarian has almost always had answers in his meetings against Goffin, including early wins on clay in their Futures and Challenger encounters, but they are yet to meet at a tour level on the dirt. However with only one win in 11 attempts against Nadal, it will be a tough draw.

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters take place between 15-22 April – (BST -1 hour).

 

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