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Monte-Carlo Masters 2020 preview: Who can stop Nadal?

The Monte-Carlo Masters is the first of three clay court Masters events and will run from April 12th – April 19th, 2020. The first championships were held in 1987 and great champions such as Mats Wilander, Boris Becker and Roger Federer have played at this tournament.


Rafael Nadal has dominated this event winning a record 11 times and on eight consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2012. The ‘King of Clay’ was upset in the semi-finals last year by eventual champion, Fabio Fognini who won his first Masters title at this tournament.




Nadal will be the huge favourite to win again in France. Surprisingly, the world number two only captured one of the three clay court Masters tournaments in 2019, but he still went onto win an unprecedented 12th French Open.

Novak Djokovic is the only man to beat Nadal in a final here and will seek a third crown. Djokovic is looking ominous as he is undefeated this season.

World number four, Daniil Medvedev will be a threat to Nadal and Djokovic. He defeated the latter in the quarter-finals last year and his game is suited for clay given his defence and ability to absorb power.


Where is the tournament held?

The tournament is held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in France


What dates does the tournament run?

April 12th – April 19th, 2020


What court surface is the tournament played on?

The tournament is played on outdoor clay court


How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?

There are a total of 56 players and 17 seeds in the singles


Ranking Points, Singles

Winner – 1000 points

Finalist – 600 points

Semi-finalist – 360 points

Quarter-finalist – 180 points

Fourth round – 90 points

Third round – 45 points

Second round – 25 points

First round – 10 points



Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?

Tickets can be bought here


How can I follow the tournament without going there?

You can watch the tournament on Amazon prime video.

You can also follow the tournament through the ATP tour twitter here


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