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Nadal to return from knee injury on Monte Carlo Masters clay

March 21, 2019
FILE - In this Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Russia's Karen Khachanov at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, in Indian Wells, Calif. Rafael Nadal is expected to make his return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters after being included in the official list of players on Thursday, March 21. Nadal has won Monte Carlo a record 11 times and held a 46-match winning streak from 2005-13 - the most consecutive tournament wins by any man or woman. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal is expected to make his return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters, after being included in the official list of players on Thursday.

Tournament organizers announced the line-up for the clay-court tournament in Paris. Nadal has won it a record 11 times and held a 46-match winning streak at Monte Carlo from 2005-13 — the most consecutive wins at a tournament by any man or woman.

Last Saturday, the second-ranked Nadal withdrew from his semifinal at Indian Wells against longtime rival Roger Federer after feeling pain in his troublesome right knee during the quarterfinal against Karen Khachanov.

Nadal skipped the hard-court Miami Open, which began this week, to prepare for his season on clay.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is aiming for a record-extending 12th French Open title at Roland Garros, and an 18th major, from May 26-June 9.

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