Monte Carlo Rolex Masters preview: Rafael Nadal wants his 12th title

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Monte Carlo Rolex Masters preview: Rafael Nadal wants his 12th title

The clay swing is ready to shine with one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year. The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters can be considered one of the most stimulating, glamorous, fascinating and entertaining events of the season.

In the spectacular background of the French Riviera, at the Monte Carlo Country Club, the tennis champions are ready to challenge each other on the sunny clay courts. Novak Djokovic leads the draw. However, his journey is not so simple.

The Serb could meet Philipp Kohlschreiber who defeated him in Indian Wells in the second round, with a meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to follow in the third round, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Thiem will be, along with Djokovic and Nadal, the third favorite to win the title. After winning Indian Wells and losing early in Miami, the Austrian will be playing on his favorite surface with great chances of success. Rafael Nadal is the real favorite for the title, though.

the Spaniard has already won 11 titles on this Center Court, and he is in search of his 12th symphony. If he has overcome the physical problems of the last few weeks, not even Djokovic could defeat him. Rafa could meet Denis Shapovalov or Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and could face one among Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka and Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals and either Kei Nishikori or Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.

The event has seen one high-profile withdrawal already with Gael Monfils withdrawing a draw after the draw was released. Malek Jaziri replaced Monfils in the draw. Apart from Monfils, Thanasi Kokkinakis who received a wild card to play the event also withdrew with an injury, with Taro Daniel taking his place in the draw.

ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters - Percentages: Rafael Nadal 45% Dominic Thiem 30% Novak Djokovic 25% Outsiders: Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kei Nishikori, Marco Cecchinato