Big surprise here as Roger has accepted a wildcard into Monte Carlo. Having not played the tournament since 2011 I am surprised he's decided to do so this year. The tournament always keeps a wildcard available to him until the last minute but usually he never takes it.
The question I have does he know he's going to be missing Madrid or Rome because of the new baby or is he playing for ranking points / clay tune up? I would have thought the last thing he needs would be a long hard slog on some of the slowest clay going but he's obviously feeling sharp physically.
I've never been a huge fan of Monte Carlo as a tournament ever since my flight to go watch the final there was cancelled due to Eyjafjallajökull erupting. The only saving grace was I only missed Nadal destroy Verdasco in possibly the most one sided Masters 1000 final ever. It was painful to watch.
It's not been a happy hunting ground in recent times for Roger either losing to both Wawrinka and Melzer the last 2 times he's played it. I probably think he's playing it because Madrid or Rome might be touch and go as to whether he plays it. Mirka is looking larger by the day so I'm sure she must be due late April / early May so by playing here he could probably stand a very good chance of being the 4th seed come Wimbledon.
The field is quite strong so it's going to be a test for Fed as both Djokovic and Nadal are in the draw. Murray is missing but he's a clay mug as we witnessed at the Davis Cup vs Fognini so I doubt he would have factored. I'd imagine Roger will make the Quarters or Semi Finals depending on the draw and then it's a bit of an unknown.
I will of course be watching and live chat will be running for all his matches.
My Favourite Monte Carlo Moment
What do you guys think? Why has Fed decided to play Mickey Carlo?