Nadal could face Djokovic earlier than expected

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Rafael Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Open a record nine times. He has admitted it has never been easy. It won’t be easy this year around too. That can largely be attributed to the fact that the Spaniard is in the same draw as Novak Djokovic.

The left-handed wizard has a bye into the second round but the going gets tough after that.

He will face the winner of the match between two Brits Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund.

Assuming he wins, in the third round, Nadal could face Alexander Zverev, whom he defeated at the Australian Open in a five-set thriller.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal may face Grigor Dimitrov, who lost to him in five sets in Melbourne. In the semifinals, Nadal will face Novak Djokovic, assuming the Serb comes through his clashes unscathed after returning on the ATP Tour after the elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from Miami.

It will surely be a treat for fans who miss the Rafael Nadal of old. Nadal used to dominate the clay court year after year before injuries saw him struggle against the same opponents .

If Nadal wins the tournament, it would be his 50th crown on the clay court – a record which is unlikely to be broken any time soon.

He has already won 28 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, second only to Djokovic, who has a staggering 30 pieces of Masters 1000 silverware.

After being beaten in the final of the Australian Open by Roger Federer, he went on to lose against the same opponent in Miami. He would be hoping for a change of fortunes in Monte Carlo.

“I’m playing enough well to fight for everything I think,” he ominously warned. “I have good hopes that I going to be ready for Monte Carlo,” an optimistic Nadal said.

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