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Federer accepts wildcard for Monte Carlo Masters

ESPN staff
April 9, 2014
Roger Federer lost in the quarter-finals on his last visit to the event © Getty Images

Roger Federer will play at the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time since 2011 after accepting a wildcard for the event.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is set to join top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the first of three Masters 1000 tournaments on clay beginning on April 13.

The Swiss will be looking to win the event for the first time having lost in three finals, all to Nadal between 2006 and 2008. Federer suffered a quarter-final exit at the hands of Jurgen Melzer on his last visit to Monte Carlo.

The 32-year-old has moved up to fourth in the world rankings, and comes off the back of helping Switzerland reach the Davis Cup semi-finals with Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

Djokovic is the reigning Monte Carlo Masters champion after he ended Nadal's eight-year winning streak in straight sets, with the Serb winning the first two Masters events of the season at Indian Wells and Miami.

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