Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's final match at the Sony Open Tennis tournament on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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It's not quite mission impossible, but the first shots in the battle to dethrone Rafael Nadal as French Open champion are about to be fired in the upmarket surrounds of the Monte Carlo Country Club.According to the ATP, the eight-time French Open champion has a .934Novak Djokovic, who dethroned Nadal as an eight-time defending champion at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2013, is only eighth among all-time leaders with a .774 mark on clay, followed by Roger Federer (.766), David Ferrer (.718) and Tommy Robredo (.693). Apart from Federer, only two players have beaten Nadal in clay court finals – Djokovic has done it three times while Argentine journeyman Horacio Zeballos accomplished the feat last February in Vina del Mar where Nadal was making his comeback after seven months out. Federer will return to Monte Carlo for the first time since 2011 .
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