Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the men's singles third round clash of the Monte Carlo Masters 2016 on 14 April (Thursday).
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Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Masters for eight consecutive times from 2005 to 2012. However, a dip in his form has allowed Novak Djokovic to win the tournament twice in the last three years.
The world number one was the defending champion and has been eliminated following his defeat to Jiri Vesely in the second round. This allows the Spaniard to improve his chance of winning the Monte Carlo Masters once again.
In the previous round, Aljaz Bedene was no match for Nadal as the latter registered a comfortable straight set victory in the second round. The scoreline was 6-3, 6-3. Meanwhile, his opponent Thiem came from the behind after losing the opening set to win the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 against Taro Daniel.
Betting odds (betfair)
- Rafael Nadal to win: 2/5
- Dominic Thiem to win: 2
Nadal and Thiem have faced each other twice so far. The first time was during the 2014 French Open, which was won by the Spaniard. However, Thiem levelled the score when he defeated Nadal in Argentina earlier this year.
Monte Carlo Masters history
Nadal and Thiem will face each other for the first time in the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.