Nadal realistic on chances in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal has played down his chances of winning a record-extending 12th title at the Monte Carlo Masters this week.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner has won 11 of the last 14 editions of the tournament at Monte Carlo Country Club, but he comes into this week's event on the back of an injury-ravaged start to the season.
Indeed, the Spaniard has not been seen since he was forced to withdraw from his semi-final clash with Roger Federer at last month's Indian Wells Masters and he admits he is heading into this week's event not knowing if he is fit enough to compete, never mind win the tournament.
"I cant give you any feeling, it's been a rough year and a half for me," Nadal told reporters. "It's tough for me to get a clear view of how I am. It's all hard for me personally."
Nadal, who will be the second seed in Monte Carlo, will get his tournament underway in the second round on Wednesday when he takes on compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut.
World number 25 Bautista Agut booked his place in round two after coming from a set down to beat Australian John Millman 3-6 6-1 6-1 in his opening match on Monday.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.