The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters draw is out, and thus begins the European clay season. Top seed Rafael Nadal has a bye in the first round, and will face the winner of the match between Giles Simon and a qualifier in the second round.
Rafa is projected to meet 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the third round and could face either sixth seed David Ferrer or 12th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. He could face Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals. Besides Novak Djokovic, he could also face Roger Federer in the final.
Rafa lost to Nole in last year’s final and therefore has 600 points to defend. The King of Clay goes into the season with one clay title already in his arsenal (Rio), and we wish him all the luck in the world for a healthy, highly successful clay season. Vamos!