Goffin sails through in Monte Carlo, Simon sets up Djokovic clash

Rafael Nadal

But I think if Dan has the right mindset I think he can make matches tricky and hard for a lot of players because he does have skills that not everyone does.

"I would not be playing if I felt I was taking a risk". After Roland Garros maybe I should have taken some break which I really couldn't do because Wimbledon and the Olympic Games are a big deal.

"All of my thoughts next week will be on this event, I won it in 2013 and 2015".

Kyrgios has till date given no reason for his withdrawal, but the fatigue following a busy start to the season is believed to be the reason.

Federer is the in-form man on tour at the moment, but the victor of three titles already this season is skipping the clay-court season curtain-raiser.

Rafael Nadal's bid to his tenth title in the Masters 1000 of Monte Carlo won't be easy.

"Monte Carlo starts in a week, so I'm hoping, if I keep progressing as I have with the elbow, to play Monte Carlo", he said after that light-hearted defeat to Federer. I'm very happy with that.

But Murray will be in action in the first clay court event of the season, with the Brit due to face either Tommy Robredo or Gilles Muller in the second round after being handed a bye for the opening matches. "I'm excited to be here". The fourth seed is likely to face two-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-final if both the players survive the initial rounds.

Monfils will be missing as he continues treatment on a knee injury which has bothered him for months.

Djokovic starts as second seed behind world number one Andy Murray.

Australian tennis man, Nick Kyrgios has postponed his clay-court campaign till May.

The third seed is treble grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the 2014 victor, with Nadal seeded four.