Monte Carlo Masters: Watch Live Stream Online, Preview Of 2012 ATP Clay-Court Tennis Event

  @JasonLeMiere on April 16 2012 10:17 AM
Watch live coverage of Monday's play at the Monte Carlo Masters ATP tennis event.
Rafael Nadal will again be the man to beat in Monte Carlo, but may be hampered by a problematic knee injury. Reuters

When and Where: The ATP Masters 1000 event from Monte Carlo is underway, with live streaming coverage of the full day's play available on ESPN3. Streaming coverage is also available with a subscription to Tennis TV, via the tournament website.

Preview: The clay court season begins in earnest with the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo this week. And there is intense interest in whether the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic can conclude the clay court swing by winning the one grand slam he has yet to conquer at Roland Garros in June.

Djokovic won three of the four majors in 2011, only falling short in the French Open, where he suffered his first defeat of the year in a thrilling semi-final to Roger Federer.

But before the Serbian can turn his attention to the French capital, Djokovic will be determined to try and end Rafael Nadal's phenomenal winning streak at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

Incredibly Nadal has emerged as champion seven years running in Monte Carlo, dating back to 2005, the same year that the clay-court great won his first French Open.

The fact of the matter is that he probably plays the best tennis in Monte-Carlo, at a clay court tournament aside Paris, Djokovic said, according to the official tournament website.

 He has won seven times in a row here. From a personal perspective, I think the conditions are slower than Madrid, which has altitude, Rome, Paris, so maybe that works in his favor more.

But Nadal admits, that despite his prowess on clay that has also seen him rack up six French Open titles,. Like everyone else he needs time to adjust after the American hard-court spring.

I need time, hours on court, said Nadal, according to the official tournament website. I need to play matches and practise to be comfortable on court. I cannot walk straight onto clay and be okay. I started playing four days ago. I just need to be patient and be ready for Wednesday.

Nadal's campaign will begin after a first-round bye with a match against either Jarkko Nieminen or Radek Stepanek.

Those two possible Nadal opponents will be on the court on Monday, on a day that also features highly-promising Canadian Milos Raonic taking on Spain's Albert Montanes.

Former French open quarter-finalist Juan Ignacio Chela, will also be in action, up against the unorthodox Alexander Dolgopolov.

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