The first terre-battue Masters in Monaco is on its way as the clay season 2019 kicks-off this month. With the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal after having a title-less beginning this season, he is all prepared to defend his twelfth crown in the French Mediterranean region. In the Monte Carlo Masters 2019, Nadal is expected to meet the skyscraper Croatian Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. He retired against Cilic in the Australian Open 2018. Besides that, the German lad, Alexandre Zverev shares spaces in the same half as the ‘King of Clay’, Nadal.
The reigning champion will be facing a tough opener in the Monte Carlo Masters 2019. Nadal will open against his compatriot, Roberto Bautista-Agut who thrashed Novak Djokovic in Miami last month or the Australian, who halted Roger Federer at the Flushing Meadows last year, John Millman. Then, next, he might play the Canadian sensation, Denis Shapovalov in his second round or his last year’s semifinal foe Grigor Dimitrov.
The impressive next generation clay-courter, Dominic Thiem is placed in the same half as the World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic. In the Monte Carlo Masters 2019, the Serb will be opening against the victor of the match between the German, Philipp Kohlschreiber or the Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis and he might see the Frenchman, Gael Monfils in the third round. His quarterfinals at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 is drawn against the Greek God of tennis, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Paris Masters 2018 champion, Karen Khachanov may take on the Austrian, Dominic Thiem in the quarters of the Monte Carlo Masters 2019. The 2018 finalist from Japan, Kei Nishikori might set up a quarterfinal clash against the World Number three tennis player, Alexandre Zverev. Before the last eight round, Nishikori might play the Croatian, Borna Coric in the third round and Zverev might see the Italian, Fabio Fognini in the third round of Monte Carlo Masters 2019.
The Russian, Daniil Medvedev might face Tsitsipas in the third. The Swiss, Stan Wawrinka is drawn to open against the Lukas Pouille. The rising star of Canada, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who captured the headlines in the American swing last month has been awarded a wildcard in the main draw of the Monte Carlo Masters 2019 and he will open against a qualifier.