Novak Djokovic fully fit and appears back to his best

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Ranked 13th in the world after lengthy spells off the court with an elbow injury, Djokovic is training with Vajda for the first time since last year's Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal has been troubled by a hip injury this season but, speaking at Indian Wells last month, Federer said he would "love to play Rafa on clay" again, having won just two of their 15 clashes on the surface.

"It's not great but first match on clay, I'm expecting [a] little soreness", Nishikori said. He was really genuinely wanting to help and to give me advices and to share his experience with me. I always enjoy this Europe season.

It is no doubt that the Spaniard will be favourite to win in Monte-Carlo as he eyes winning the event for the 11th time in his Tennis career.

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Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he's fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title.

If Nadal is to extend his record tally of Monte Carlo crowns, he will have to do it the hard way after being handed a difficult draw.

Novak Djokovic thrashed fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-0 6-1 to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. He then won a 10th French Open. But both of those matches were played on grass and Edmund will likely feel the slower clay court conditions will favour him.

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Djokovic dropped just eight points as he wrapped up the first set with his opponent well off the pace.

"Of course there are matches where I'm happy with it, there are matches where I'm missing it maybe too much or I'm not going for it".

"That's why I am here, to play tennis and to accept all the rules".

Two-time former champion Novak Djokovic finds himself in an unfamiliar position in Monte Carlo as he is without a first round bye.

It is one of the oldest and most glamorous tennis venues in the calendar-more than 100 years and counting.

He didn't take his foot off the accelerator either, as the 30-year-old served a bagel to his compatriot.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion split from Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek earlier this month and has been training with Vajda for the last 10 days in Monaco.

"[Now] after two years finally I can play without pain", he said.

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