The ATP circuit season’s moving on the red European clay. The first stop on the old continent will be in Monte Carlo. All members of "The Big Four" will be featured in the main draw this year, namely Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. The last time all four Tennis gladiators participated together in Monte Carlo was in 2009. In the latest edition, at least one of them was absent from the main draw for various reasons.

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Now that this is confirmed, fans are definitely expecting some potentially inciting matches starting with the quarterfinals, the stage where the four of them can come across each other. Of course, there are other players capable of outstanding matches.

A tournament of monumental records

It’s worth saying that the expectations are huge, especially from Nadal`s behalf. Fans and other people as well hope to see the Spaniard making a great comeback in the clay season.

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Besides, Nadal holds an almost unreal record on the Monte Carlo clay court. He managed to win 8 consecutive titles there, from 2005 to 2012.

Many consider this tournament to be the cornerstone for Rafael Nadal. If he manages to make his triumph, `The King of Clay` can firstly regain self-confidence. Worn out by injuries in the past years, the Spaniard’s season so far lacked convincing performances.

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Another great champion comes back to the ATP circuit

The Monte Carlo tournament also marks Roger Federer’s comeback in the circuit after a break of over two months. After the knee surgery he underwent in early February, Federer cancelled some tournaments. Although he had announced his comeback in Miami, The Swiss player will play his first official match in Monte Carlo. This news will certainly make this tournament the hot spot for tennis fans over the next week.

A few potential quarterfinals

If the top-seeded players keep their pace, fans will have the chance to witness some potentially amazing matches. Given the main draw, there are some potential quarterfinals encounters that are worthy of full attention:

  •   Tomas Berdych (ATP No.7) vs Murray (ATP No.2)
  •   Roger Federer (ATP No.3) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP No.9)
  •   Novak Djokovic (ATP No.1) vs David Ferrer (ATP No.8)
  •   Rafael Nadal (ATP No.5) vs Stan Wawrinka (ATP No.4)

Kei Nishikori, the Japanese player ranked ATP No.

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6 won’t compete in Monte Carlo. The knee injury he suffered in Miami in the final against Djokovic will most likely force him to take some time to rest.

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