Rafa is indeed the favourite to be celebrating on Sunday, with the Exchange market pricing him at a current [1.64] for glory, and he's one of eight players receiving first-round byes and likely to begin their campaign either on Tuesday, or more probably, Wednesday.
Notably, the 16-time Grand Slam champion may face Thiem as early as in the quarter-final of the ongoing tournament.
"I love this event and the weather has been good".
Global tennis icon Rafael Nadal has spoken out about the prospective use of a 25-second shot clock at the upcoming US Open later this year.
The 12-times Grand Slam victor ended his collaboration with head coach Andre Agassi and coach Radek Štěpánek earlier this month. I always enjoy this Europe season.
The glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo is the setting for this week's action on the ATP Tour, with a prize fund of nearly €5m a suitable reward for the players good enough to make the 56-man draw.
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"Especially this year I didn't not finish one event so hopefully this one will not be the first!"
"I feel that I'm playing well".
The 36-year-old Federer ruled himself out of the whole of the claycourt season, after skipping the same period last year and going on to win Wimbledon.
Nadal, notoriously known for his dominant presence on the court, is renowned for taking his time between points, as evident in being docked a first serve during his successful French Cup triumph previous year.
He may have to defeat the likes of Rublev and Djokovic before a potential quarter-final showdown with Nadal.
When the 30-year-old Serb deposed Donald Young in the first round at the Australian Open, it was with his usual flourishes that he did so: the deep groundstrokes and plays at the net that have always been his trademark style. The more free points, the better chance Bedene has of pulling off a rather big upset.
Holding onto his lead, Khachanov eventually claimed the excellent win after an hour and 50 minutes, firing down yet another powerful unreturnable serve on his first match point. This sounds fairly tough, but in a 56-man Masters draw, easy draws don't tend to occur, and players will have to perform well to make it through to the latter stages.