Defending Monte Carlo champion Novak Djokovic will begin his title defence on Tuesday afternoon, where he is scheduled to meet Spain's Albert Montanes for the sixth time on the professional tour. Djokovic holds an impenetrable 5-0 lead in the head-to-head series, with 4 of the victories coming on the red clay surface.
Following an opening round victory in his 800th match, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will now continue his campaign in the inaugural Rio Open against fellow countryman Albert Montanes. This marks the third time these two will meet on the professional circuit, with Nadal leading the head-to-head series 2-0.