Nadal feeling the heat in Monte Carlo

Apr 17, 2012, 09:01 IST | AFP

Clay king Rafael Nadal has admitted that he is nervous about his Wednesday start at the Monte Carlo Masters, a fortnight after quitting with knee pain prior to his last match.

ā€œIā€™m scared because this is the start to an important season for me,ā€ said the Spaniard, who is bidding for an unprecedented eighth straight title on the clay of the principality. 

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, seeded second behind Novak Djokovic, will play Jarkko Nieminen in the second round after the Finn beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

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