Goffin beats fellow Belgian Darcis at Monte Carlo Masters

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A relatively tough clay-court draw also awaits the world No. 1, who could get things started against Tommy Robredo before a potential showdown with current Marrakech finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The 29-year-old was able to practice for several days prior to that trip to Switzerland, although the elbow issue continued to hamper his serve. 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.

Although Kyrgios did not give a reason for his withdrawal, it is believed he is suffering from fatigue following a busy start to the season. Held every year since 1897 when the sun begins to shine more brightly in mid-April, the greatest tennis pros jostle for the best of three sets on the spectacular courts at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. 'When I had the (elbow) scan in Miami, there was a lot of inflammation around the area.

'The first practice I had in Indian Wells, it was really, really sore, which is unusual. "My clay expectations are very high".

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"By the time of my match I will have had five days of serving at the right speed. I think it will be fine".

"I was hurting physically", Kyrgios said following his two singles wins for Australia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. I was like, 'Oh, no. The victor plays Rafael Nadal in the second round.

"It's definitely a possibility", said Murray, who lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, won the Dubai title but then went out in his first match at Indian Wells before getting injured. ' Obviously this surface suits Kyle's game more than Dan's.

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.

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