Last year there were two, opposite each other on the Monegasque clay. Even then, in the semi-final won by Nadal with 6-4 and 6-1. Nadals next opponent is the Argentine Guido Pella (ATP 35). That vloerde the Italian Marco Cecchinato (ATP 16) 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4.
The 32-year-old Nadal won the prestigious graveltoernooi the past three years. With eight consecutive victories between 2005 and 2012 are counter in Monte Carlo on eleven.