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Roger Federer is yet to win the Monte Carlo Masters titleGetty

World No 3 Roger Federer takes on Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters 2016 on 12 April at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Franc e.

Where to watch live

The match is expected to start at 2pm 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

Federer returns to action for the first time since the Australian Open as he takes on World No 38 Garcia-Lopez. After twisting his knee while running a bath for his twin daughters, Federer was out for three months keeping him out of tournaments in Rotterdam, Dubai as well as the Indian Wells Masters. The four-time Monte Carlo Masters finalist comes into this tournament well rested and it will be interesting to see how he goes about his game after a long lay-off.

A quarter-finalist in the 2014 edition, Garcia-Lopez has had a steady if not exciting 2016 so far reaching the quarter-final of the Morocco Open and the third round of the Australian Open. The Spaniard has three clay court titles to his credit. With Federer coming into this game on the back of an injury, this will be Garcia-Lopez's best opportunity to get the better of his opponent.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Roger Federer to win: 2/15
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to win:21/5

Head-to-Head

The duo have faced each other thrice in ATP history with Federer winning all three of the games. The last time they faced each other was in the second round of Wimbledon in 2009, with the Swiss maestro winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Monte Carlo Masters history

Federer and Garcia-Lopez have never faced each other in the Monte Carlo Masters event.