Switzerland's Roger Federer looks on during his men's singles match against Belgium's David Goffin on day seven of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN
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Roger Federer will test a January knee injury under competitive conditions from Sunday when the Monte Carlo Masters marks the opening of the pre-Roland Garros spring clay court campaign.Federer will start in the second round after the bye handed to top eight seeds; his first match will come against the winner from Thomaz Bellucci and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.The Swiss was to have returned a fortnight ago in Miami but came down with a stomach virus and never made his start.In his absence world number one Novak Djokovic has continued to set a fevered pace, collecting the March hardcourt Masters title double in the U.S. and moving to touching distance of a record $100 million mark in career prize money – a few hundred thousand ahead of Federer.The 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka takes the fourth seeding ahead of Nadal, Tomas Berdych, seventh seed David Ferrer and number eight Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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