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Federer Takes Monte-Carlo Wild Card

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer will begin his European clay campaign in Monte-Carlo.

Roger Federer has taken a wild card into next week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and will join eight-time titlist Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic at the first of three clay-court Masters 1000 tournaments.

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The 32-year-old Swiss will be making his first Monte-Carlo appearance since a quarter-final exit in 2011 (l. to Melzer), and his 11th overall. He has a 23-10 tournament record.

Federer, a winner of seven different Masters 1000 tournaments, will be looking to win the Monte-Carlo title for the first time. He finished runner-up to Nadal in three straight visits, from 2006-08. 

He claimed his last clay-court title in 2012, when he defeated Czech Tomas Berdych in the Mutua Madrid Open final.

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