The Monte-Carlo singles draw was announced while I was busy catching up on sleep. As the #2 seed, Rafa is back in a familiar position in the draw – bottom half, bottom quarter. For his first match (after his first round bye), he’ll face either a qualifier or Schwank (who was recently slapped with a fine for “erratic play” in the Houston tournament). Rafa is not in the doubles draw.
Seeds in Rafa’s quarter are Tsonga, Ferrero, and Monaco. Seeds in his half include Ljubicic, Ferrer, Melzer, and Murray. Seeds in the top half of the draw include Djokovic, Wawrinka, Robredo, Youzhny, Cilic, Baghdatis, Berdych, and Verdasco.