The ever-popular Monte-Carlo Masters is the first of three clay-court Masters 1000 Series events in the ATP season. The tournament has enjoyed a rich history since its debut way back in 1897, with legends from Anthony Wilding (1908, 1911-14) to Ivan Lendl (1985-1988) claiming the elite trophy.
In the Open Era, the event has seen some of its greatest days. Ilie Nastase won the tournament three straight times (1971-1973) to kick off a new stage of its history, and is currently in a three-way Open Era tie for most titles gained. Bjorn Borg (1977, 1979-80), Guillermo Vilas (1976, 1981-82) and Thomas Muster (1992, 1995-96) have also achieved that many.
However, a tally that appears impressive is dwarfed by the deeply incredible feat of the renowned King of Clay - Spain's Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard did not lose once from his event debut in 2005 until the 2013 final versus Novak Djokovic, making his streak of eight lossless tournaments an Open Era record by a clear five titles.
Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych hold their respective trophies after the 2015 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters final. (Photo credit Jean-Christophe Magnenet/Getty Images)
Since this dominance, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters - held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France, at Monte Carlo Country Club - has seen two new champions crowned. Novak Djokovic won the 2013 and 2015 titles - a 6-2 7-6(1) win over Nadal preceding his latest 7-5 4-6 6-3 defeat of Tomas Berdych. These two victories sandwiched the triumph of another debut winner - Stan Wawrinka - who beat fellow Swiss star Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5) 6-2 for the 2014 crown.
Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych will all be back to compete this year for the 1000 ranking points that go to the champion. They will be joined by another strong title contender in Andy Murray - who upped his clay-court game considerably in 2015, and gave the competition reason to be nervous. Roger Federer is skipping the event this year in order to prepare for the latter end of the season.
From flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to fast-rising youngsters like Alexander Zverev, top 20 talents such as Feliciano Lopez to big-time talents like Kei Nishikori, the Monte-Carlo field will surely produce some dramatic clashes. You can watch them all live online from Saturday 9 - Sunday 17 April, 2016.
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