Roger Federer’s clay court return must wait, but Rafael Nadal ready for Monte Carlo

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer’s return to clay court tennis will have to wait a little longer after he opted out of the Monte Carlo Open – but Rafael Nadal looks set to return.

Tournament organisers have confirmed Nadal is on their players list for the tournament, which starts on April 13, but Federer isn’t.

Federer has skipped clay season in recent years in an attempt to prolong his career, but he plans on making a return to Roland Garros this year.

That will include at least one warm-up tournament on the red dirt, but it apparently won’t be Monte Carlo.

Nadal, meanwhile, retired from Indian Wells with injury and withdrew from the Miami Open.

He, though, always backed his chances of making it to Monte Carlo.

“What I’m going to do is go back home and try do a smooth transition to clay. I’ll try to be at my 100 per-cent for the first event, which is going to be Monte Carlo for me.

“I know how it is and I know what I have to do. It’s still tough.

“Being honest I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo.”

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