• Nadal going back to work in Monte-Carlo

    4/18/11 3:28 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal going back to work in Monte-Carlo Rafael Nadal captured the Monte-Carlo title on Sunday he will take the court again next week. Nadal headlines the Barcelona draw and his top half also includes Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, and Gael Monfils.

    Rafael Nadal vows not to disappoint the Spanish faithful this time around.

    Nadal won his seventh consecutive Monte-Carlo Masters title on Sunday, ousting fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a tight two-set final. After triumphing for a sixth time in the principality last season, Nadal withdrew from Barcelona. This time, though, he says he is ready for more and eager to make it two winner's trophies in two weeks.

    "I am healthy now, so why not?" Nadal explained after the Monte-Carlo title match.

    That's not what a host of challengers at the upcoming Barcelona Open BancSabadell wanted to year; especially not Potito Starace or Daniel Gimeno-Traver, one of whom will face the world No. 1 in round two. Nor is it good news for Gael Monfils, who has an opening bye in the top quarter of the draw along with Nadal. Before a potential Nadal-Monfils quarterfinal, the top seed could meet Thomaz Bellucci in round three while the Frenchman is on course for a showdown against countryman Richard Gasquet.

    A rematch of last year's French Open final could come as early as the semis. Two-time Roland Garros runner-up Robin Soderling would first have to emerge from a tough second section of the bracket. Soderling could open with Ivan Dodig, whom he also met in round two of the Sony Ericsson Open--a tilt that saw Dodig lead by a break in the third set before Soderling prevailed. The third-seeded Swede will not want to be caught looking ahead to a potential big-hitting third-round clash against Milos Raonic.

    Tomas Berdych, who lost to Soderling in a five-set semifinal thriller at the 2010 French Open, also looms large in the second quarter. The seventh-ranked Czech awaits a likely opening date with Kei Nishikori before possibly looking across the net to either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Feliciano Lopez.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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