Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.

Novak Djokovic relaxed over hot streak but needs rest
Novak Djokovic relaxed over hot streak but needs rest

On-form Novak Djokovic knows better than to try and predict how long he can keep up what seems to be a super-human effort on court after winning the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic defeats Tomas Berdych to win Monte Carlo Masters
Novak Djokovic defeats Tomas Berdych to win Monte Carlo Masters

World number one Novak Djokovic won his fourth tournament of the year as he outlasted Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to lift the Monte Carlo Masters in a final delayed by light rain.

Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo semis
Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo semis

Novak Djokovic reached his fourth final at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday as he held off Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3.

Tomas Berdych bursts Gael Monfils bubble in Monte Carlo semi-finals
Tomas Berdych bursts Gael Monfils bubble in Monte Carlo semi-finals

Tomas Berdych deflated the Monte Carlo Masters finals dream of Gael Monfils as he posted a 6-1, 6-4 win on Saturday in just over an hour.

Improving Rafael Nadal downplays clay chances against Novak Djokovic
Improving Rafael Nadal downplays clay chances against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal insisted on Friday he was not yet ready to reclaim his long-held title of king of clay despite winning through to a semi-final against Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis

A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday.

Rafael Nadal has to battle for Monte Carlo win
Rafael Nadal has to battle for Monte Carlo win

Rafael Nadal worked for nearly three hours to subdue Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 on Friday to seal his place in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic crushes Marin Cilic for Monte Carlo semi-final spot
Novak Djokovic crushes Marin Cilic for Monte Carlo semi-final spot

Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Gael Monfils, Toms Berdych set up Monte Carlo semi-final
Gael Monfils, Toms Berdych set up Monte Carlo semi-final

Gael Monfils continued into uncharted territory on Friday, with the Frenchman crushing Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-3 for a career-first semi-final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Stanislas Wawrinka thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov at Monte Carlo
Stanislas Wawrinka thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov at Monte Carlo

Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered an ugly third round beating at the hands of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka make winning starts on Monte Carlo clay
Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka make winning starts on Monte Carlo clay

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal and holder Stan Wawrinka both expressed quiet relief at getting back to clay after opening wins on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic off to winning start in clay season opener
Novak Djokovic off to winning start in clay season opener

Novak Djokovic got away to a 6-1, 6-4 winning start to the clay season on Tuesday, with the locally based world number one pleased with a second-round defeat of Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Slumping Gulbis a stranger to stress amid disaster season
Slumping Gulbis a stranger to stress amid disaster season

Laid-back Latvian Ernests Gulbis refused to bow to stress on Monday as the 13th seed exited timidly from the Monte Carlo Masters, a 6-1, 6-0 first-round victim of Austria`s Andreas Haider-Maurer.

Djokovic, Federer on top of the world as Monte Carlo begins
Djokovic, Federer on top of the world as Monte Carlo begins

Top seed Novak Djokovic and number two Roger Federer are both feeling close to the top of their games as the Monte Carlo Masters began on Sunday, marking the glamour start to the European clay court season.

Married Andy Murray missing as season shifts to Monte Carlo clay
Married Andy Murray missing as season shifts to Monte Carlo clay

While Andy Murray celebrates his weekend marriage, the rest of the ATP elite are girding for battle on the clay, with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal leading the field as the Monte Carlo Masters which begins on Sunday.

Roger Federer takes break after Indian Wells defeat
Roger Federer takes break after Indian Wells defeat

Roger Federer will take time off following his disappointing loss in the Indian Wells final to Novak Djokovic Sunday to get ready for the upcoming clay court season.

The Swiss tennis star`s next stop on the ATP Tour will be the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

I threw in the towel, says David Ferrer after losing to Rafael Nadal

David Ferrer admitted he effectively `threw in the towel` on the way to a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

French Open draw offers Nadal chance of quick revenge

Two fellow Spaniards who have already beaten him on his favourite clay surface could lie in wait for favourite and defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

Nadal hoping to bag fourth title in Madrid amid struggles to bounce back from injury

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal is hoping to bag the fourth title at home in the Madrid Masters as he struggles to bounce back from a back injury and searches for his first title on the European clay this season.