After one of the worst starts to a season of his career, Rafael Nadal is back on friendly ground as he begins the European red clay season next week in Monte Carlo.
Before boarding a plane to the scenic seaside event with good friend Juan Monaco, Nadal spoke to reporters telling them not to expect an immediate turnaround at the event he once won eight straight years.
Nadal is currently ranked No. 5, but will be the No. 4 seed in Monte Carlo behind Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori.
This season Nadal is 15-5 with one title in Buenos Aires. He is also 0-2 against Top 10 players. Nadal lost to Fernando Verdasco in a poor match in Miami, but played well in a loss to Milos Raonic at Indian Wells.
Nadal is defending Monte Carlo QF points from last year.
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