Rejuvenated Rafa back at one of his favourite stomping grounds

Rafa Nadal will start his clay-court season at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Spaniard feels his form is good enough to compete for glory.

Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Masters an astonishing nine times.

After an injury-riddled 2016 that many thought he would never recover from, he has been impressive at the start of this year despite not winning a title just yet.

In 2017 he has reached the finals of the Australian Open, the Mexican Open and the Miami Open – losing on all three occasions.

However, he is bullish about his chances of going all the way this week and cannot wait to begin the clay court season – he has won nine of his 14 grand slams on this surface.

"Monte Carlo is unique for me, I'm here to adjust my game and be ready to play," Nadal said.

"The season has started well for me. I'm happy with how I'm playing.

"This is an historic event for me, I'm working to be ready. I'm excited to be here."

He is the fourth seed and begins his challenge against Britain’s Kyle Edmund who beat countrymen Dan Evans on Monday in straight sets.