Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over archrival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters and boost his confidence as he bids to win his only missing major at the French Open.
Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters tournaments played on clay and is followed by Madrid and Rome in May, leading up to the French Open, which starts May 25.
Nole narrowly lost to Nadal in a dramatic semifinal last year at Roland Garros, where a clumsy error at the net late in the fifth set curtailed the Serbian player's comeback, and then Nadal beat him in their next two meetings.
"Winning this title last year in the final against Nadal was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I really love playing in this tournament," Djokovic said Sunday. "My family comes in big numbers during this week so it makes me feel very comfortable, and at home."