Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Masters title eight timesGetty

World number five Rafael Nadal takes on Great Britain's Aljaz Bedene in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters 2016 on 13 April at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.

Where to watch live

The match is expected to start at 10.30am BST. Live coverage is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK. Live scores and real time updates are available on the ATP World Tour's official website.

Overview

Eight-time Monte Carlo winner Rafael Nadal will look to begin his quest for the ninth title as he takes on British player Aljaz Bedene on 13 April. After a disastrous 2015, the Spaniard is still not in top form, as seen by the results he has posted this year. However, Nadal has shown glimpses of returning to his old self.

The 14-time Grand Slam Champion has not won a single title this year and will be looking to win the Monte Carlo Masters in what is one of his favourite tournaments and on his preferred clay surface. Just how his body will hold up is another matter but the Spaniard has confirmed that he is fit and raring to go.

World number 60 Aljaz Bedene will be making his first appearance at Monte Carlo and will want to impress. The Brit though has had a poor start to the season and what affects his game is his inconsistency. He is just not able to play a full tennis game in full flow. Despite Nadal looking a shadow of his former self, it will be a surprise if Bedene wins this clash.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 1/16
  • Aljaz Bedene to win: 8

Head-to-Head

The duo have never faced each other in ATP history.

Monte Carlo Masters history

Nadal and Bedene have never faced each other in the Monte Carlo Masters event.