Nadal looks for Monte Carlo profit
Rafael Nadal cannot see any reason why he should not end his trophy drought at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The world number three, who is chasing a sixth straight title, has not collected a piece of silverware in 11 months because of a stop-start year curtailed by injury.
However, the popular Spaniard return to his favourite surface of clay off the back of an encouraging run of form on the American hard-courts.
Four-time French Open champion Nadal is a possible opponent for Andy Murray, who he beat in the semi-finals last year, should both players make it to the last four.
He says he is feeling good about his game for the first time in a while and is pleased with his progress.
"I have played well in all the tournaments this year," said Nadal.
"I haven't won yet, but I was in contention all the time. In Indian Wells, I was playing a very good tournament. I played a terrible match in the semi-final [against Andy Roddick], but I played the rest of the matches at a very high level. And in Miami, too, I played well."
Nadal will face Eduardo Schwank of Argentina or Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Country Club.