2012 Monte-Carlo Masters Draw

Monte CarloThe European clay court season begins for real this week in Beautiful Monte-Carlo.

It’s surely one of Rafael Nadal’s favorite tournaments of the year. The Spaniard is the man to beat at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, having won a record seven successive trophies at the clay-court tournament. He has 37 consecutive match wins at the event  and his only ever loss was in 2003, when a 16 year old Nadal lost in the third round to Argentine Guillermo Coria.

Nadal is joined by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and will be the favourite to end Nadal’s dominiance in Monte Carlo. The Serbian has beaten Nadal in their past seven meetings, including two clay-court finals.

Djokovic is aming for his second Masters 1000 title of the year after winning in Miami and his 12th of his career. Nadal though is chasing his 20th Masters 1000 crown and his first ATP World Tour trophy of the season. Nadal has not won an event since last years French Open.

Roger Federer will miss this week as he takes the chance to rest ahead of French Open and Wimbledon. That makes World No. 4 Andy Murray the other main challenger, he has twice reached the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo, falling to Rafael Nadal on both occasions in 2009 and 2011. Murray has 8 Masters 1000 titles to his name, though the Scot never won any kind of ATP event on a clay court.

2012 Monte Carlo Masters – 1st round – First Half
[1] Novak Djokovic
vs
Bye
Victor Hanescu
vs
Andreas Seppi
Bernard Tomic
vs
Denis Istomin
Juan Ignacio Chela
vs
[16] Alexandr Dolgopolov
[11] Juan Monaco
vs
Robin Haase
Michael Llodra
vs
Fabio Fognini
Thomaz Bellucci
vs
Kevin Anderson
Bye
vs
[5] David Ferrer
[3] Andy Murray
vs
Bye
Viktor Troicki
vs
Jean-Rene Lisnard
Julien Benneteau
vs
Marcel Granollers
Lukasz Kubot
vs
[15] Jurgen Melzer
[12] Kei Nishikori
vs
Albert Ramos
Donald Young
vs
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Simone Bolelli
vs
Marin Cilic
Bye
vs
[6] Tomas Berdych
2012 Monte Carlo Masters – 1st round – Second Half
[7] Janko Tipsarevic
vs
Bye
Milos Raonic
vs
Albert Montanes
Mikhail Youzhny
vs
Frederico Gil
Benjamin Balleret
vs
[9] Gilles Simon
[13] Fernando Verdasco
vs
Olivier Rochus
Ivan Ljubicic
vs
Ivan Dodig
Philipp Kohlschreiber
vs
Guillaume Rufin
Bye
vs
[4] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
[8] Nicolas Almagro
vs
Bye
Carlos Berlocq
vs
Potito Starace
Federico Delbonis
vs
Pablo Andujar
Stanislas Wawrinka
vs
[10] Feliciano Lopez
[14] Florian Mayer
vs
Mikhail Kukushkin
Alessandro Giannessi
vs
Filippo Volandri
Radek Stepanek
vs
Jarkko Nieminen
Bye
vs
[2] Rafael Nadal

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