Monte Carlo Masters-Donaldson's Rant

Rafael Nadal

GETTYRafael Nadal is a force on clay courts

The Mallorcan world number one has been off the Tour since injuring himself at the Australian Open but looks to have recovered just in time for the European claycourt swing he has dominated throughout his career. All eyes will be on Rafael Nadal, who is eyeing his 11th title on the red dirt of Monte Carlo.

Nadal's victory at Monte Carlo a year ago made him the first men's tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. Nadal has won 15 of his last 16 matches on clay court. I always enjoy this Europe season.

"For me it's not the ideal thing but if the sport is moving that way or they want to move that way, the only thing I can do is accept it and play", said the Spaniard ahead of his Monte Carlo Masters title defence.

He was playing close to his best tennis despite calling for a medical timeout for his troublesome wrist. "I mean, I (have) played probably six, seven matches since Wimbledon previous year", said Djokovic, who next faces Borna Coric of Croatia.

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"Especially this year I didn't not finish one event so hopefully this one will not be the first!"

However, there were shoots of life that suggested the 12-time Grand Slam champion may be on the road back to his best form. That injury had ruled him out of last year's U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open.

BC-TEN-Monte Carlo Masters-Donaldson's Rant, 210Angry Donaldson rants at umpire at Monte Carlo MastersJared Donaldson ranted at the chair umpire over a line call during his 6-3, 6-3 loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal is one of the slowest top-ranked players, and was docked a first serve for taking too much time during a match en route to his 10th French Open triumph previous year. "That's why I am here, to play tennis and to accept all the rules". It was a poor opening set on serve for Kokkinakis, who won just a mere 65 percent of points behind his shaky first serves while facing six break points in total. "Every match I win is very important". "In my experience, on the tennis court, the crowd gets more insane, the crowd gets more emotional and enjoys the match with more passion when you play good points".

"Seeded nine, Djokovic, who is struggling to pick up the pace after an elbow injury, could face Nadal in the semi-finals although just getting a win under his belt would be a relief for the 30-year-old who triumphed in Monte Carlo in 2013 and 2015". "Playing well below the desired level, it wasn't easy for me to cope".

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