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The ATP will kick its clay-court season into overdrive next week when the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters takes place, and the draw presents some serious challenge for a pair of former champions.

Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal and two-time champion (and No.9 seed) Novak Djokovic have been drawn into the same quarter, and that quarter also includes fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Robin Haase.

Nadal gets a first-round bye followed by either Aljaz Bedene or a qualifier; Thiem gets a first-round bye followed by the Rublev-Haase winner; Djokovic opens with a first-round contest with a qualifier followed by a second-round tilt with either Borna Coric or Julien Benneteau.

If the seeds hold, Djokovic would face Thiem in the third round (round of 16), with the winner facing Nadal in the quarterfinals. Nadal’s potential third-round opponents are either Thanasi Kokkinakis, Khachanov, Gilles Simon or No.16-seeded Adrian Mannarino.

Here are the potential quarterfinals, if the seeds hold:


Djokovic will be coached by Marian Vajda this week at Monte-Carlo. The pair are reunited after Djokovic parted ways with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek a few weeks ago. It is not yet known if the pair plan to continue working together for the remainder of the season.

Djokovic has lost his last three matches and owns a 3-3 record on the season. He underwent a minor procedure to repair his right elbow in February.

Nadal and Thiem have had injury struggles as well. The Spaniard returned from an injury after missing two months last week to win two Davis Cup singles rubbers against Germany. Thiem had an ankle problem and skipped the Miami Open.

View the full draw below:

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