Nadal targets at playing a good tournament at Monte-Carlo Masters

Nadal targets at playing a good tournament at Monte-Carlo Masters

"Everything is possible (for Federer)", Asia's top player predicted. Eleven times the champion in Monte Carlo, he also will be going for title No. 12 in Barcelona next week and title No. 12 in the French Open at Roland-Garros next month - numbers that hardly seem possible, especially when said out loud.

Top seed and World No.1 Novak Djokovic will play his nemesis from the recent Indian Wells tournament Phillip Kohlschreiber. On the Next Generation, the 21-year-old added: "We all want to be the best, some of us think that we are already the best, but we all have a lot of hard work ahead of us, we all have great talent".

"It would be definitely better to approach Roland Garros with a win in one of the big other clay-court events prior to the French Open", Djokovic said. "I hope he does well", NIshikori said. "Personally I think most of the people understood why he chose to skip the clay court season past year, and I also understand why he wants to play".

"Now it's about working every day, trying to make small improvements in every practice, because I had to stop after Indian Wells for a while again and start slow, so it's always like a comeback", he said.

"Other than those two tournaments, the others I have played (in the past year) were at least, I think, semifinals or finals, most of the tournaments I played. He's got a better title chance at tournaments other than Roland Garros, but he has won it in the past (2009)".

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For Djokovic's part, the two-time Monte-Carlo champion is trying to bounce back after disappointing third round and fourth round exits in Indian Wells and Miami, respectively. Definitely, for our sport, it's better that he plays.

Rafael Nadal offered a low-key appraisal today of his chances for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title as he prepares to return from his latest injury lay-off. "He's still there. I mean (it) obviously depends how he's feeling physically. He's the number one guy on this surface without a doubt". "That can serve only as an incentive".

"I don't see any particular issues for him on this (slow) surface".

"After him, it's quite open". - Rafael Nadal won 46 straight matches in Monte-Carlo from 2005-13, but Djokovic brought that streak to an end in the 2013 final, putting on a clinical display to defeat the Spaniard in straight sets and lift his first title at the Masters 1000 tournament. "I really, aside of maybe one year where he changed a racquet and dropped to I think No., whatever, 7, 8, and then he was injured for five, six months, dropped his ranking to out of 15, those maybe two times in the last 15 years have been maybe where I saw him play 10, 20% worse than he's playing on the level that he's playing on all the time", Djokovic continued.

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