Goffin beats fellow Belgian Darcis at Monte Carlo Masters

Murray made his first appearance on court for a month when he played a charity match against Roger Federer in Zurich last Monday and said progress has been slower than expected.

World No. 1 Andy Murray, who has recovered from an elbow injury to complete in the Principality, will be hoping to replicate his successful clay form past year. But each day started to get better. "I really enjoy my food, but I'm a frightful cook unfortunately".

'The match with Roger I was serving only 70 per cent.

"I was hurting physically", Kyrgios said following his two singles wins for Australia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

This clay-court stretch will give him a chance to make up some of that deficit, with Federer not planning to play again until the French Open at the earliest. "My clay expectations are very high".

"It's normal for an athlete to go through (injury) ups and downs". I have to believe I'll get the results I'm hoping for. After Roland Garros maybe I should have taken some break which I really couldn't do because Wimbledon and the Olympic Games are a big deal.

British number four Aljaz Bedene is not in Monte Carlo, but celebrated his second title in as many weeks on the second-tier Challenger Tour on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over Gastao Elias in Barletta, Italy. Nadal, who beat Gael Monfils in the 2016 final, won a record 46 straight matches at the prestigious tournament from 2005 to 2013 and is 58-4 overall.

Rafael Nadal will kick into gear on his favourite surface as he bids for a 10th title at the Country Club. "The season has started well for me".

But Murray will be in action in the first clay court event of the season, with the Brit due to face either Tommy Robredo or Gilles Muller in the second round after being handed a bye for the opening matches.