Djokovic, Nadal on same side of Monte-Carlo draw

The Grandstand

Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal found themselves in the top half of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters draw when the ceremony was held on Saturday.

Thus the top two favorites for the title are on a collision course for the semis, but neither one–especially not Nadal–will be looking that far ahead. On the heels of disappointing results in Indian Wells and Miami, the fifth-ranked Spaniard is in the same quarter of the bracket as David Ferrer. Even before a possible meeting with Ferrer, Nadal may have to open against Dominic Thiem and his nearest seed is John Isner.

Djokovic’s opener may not be a cakewalk if it comes against dangerous clay-courter Nicolas Almagro, but he is in a soft section. Marin Cilic has been injured, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is rusty, and Ernests Gulbis is in a massive slump.

Fellow Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have the two first-round byes…

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