Andy Murray of Great Britain and Rafael Nadal of Spain have a chat in a practice session together during Day Three of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 12, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Getty Images)more pics » Rafael Nadal (Getty Images)
Anyone playing in the ATP Masters Series Tennis tournament in Monte Carlo not named Rafael Nadal
should be scared. The Spaniard is a legend on Monaco's famed clay courts, sweeping the competition last year, and even rival Roger Federer
admits he's an "overwhelming favorite for this tournament."
Unfortunately for Rafa's fans, he didn't play on Tuesday. His first match will come Wednesday, and those fans have every reason to believe the tournament is his to win. Nadal dominated the clay court season last year, going a spectacular 22-0 on the surface, but he says people shouldn't expect the same this year.
"What I did last year, winning Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros, was historic," he said. "I don't think that I can do it this year. It didn't happen in 50 or 60 years. So I guess I can't do the same two times in a row."
Nadal's humility aside, the star is a big favorite for the tournament. After all, how could you bet against a guy with a 203-16 lifetime record on clay courts? The competition should be very, very afraid.
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