Rafael Nadals attempt to win a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title gets underway on Wednesday when he meets British number two Aljaz Bedene, live on Sky Sports 2. The Spaniard memorably won eight successive events in the principality, from 2005 to 2012, but has not reached the final since 2013 when he was beaten by Novak Djokovic.With the French Open the next major on the calendar Nadal will be hoping for a return to title-winning ways - he has not won a tournament since Hamburg in August 2015 and has lost his last three finals (albeit to Djokovic twice and Roger Federer once). The world No 5 reached the semi-final at Indian Wells before losing to Djokovic and it was the formidable world No 1 who saw off Nadal in the Spaniards only final this year (Doha in January). Aljaz Bedene will take on Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career Britains Bedene, ranked 60th in the world, provides the opposition in a first ever meeting between the pair and Nadal will start as strong favourite in some of his preferred surroundings.On the subject of surroundings, Monte Carlo resident Djokovic will not have to travel to far for his first outing on clay - he faces Czech Jiri Vesely in second round action on Tuesday.Djokovic, winner of the first two Masters events of the year to go with his Australian Open title, has never faced the World No 55 before but is the defending champion after victory over Tomas Berdych in 2015.Despite a low-key season to date Vesely could provide a tricky test for the Serb having won a first round encounter with Teymuraz Gabashvili off the back of a run to the semi-finals on clay in Marrakech last week.Stan Wawrinka opens proceedings on Court Central against Philipp Kohlschreiber, while home favourite Gael Monfils is also in action against Fabio Fognini. Richard Gasquet meets Lucas Pouille in an all-French clash while the identity of Andy Murrays next opponent will emerge from Joao Sousas meeting with Benoit Paire. One to watchMilos Raonic is one of the form players of the year, reaching the semi-final in Melbourne, the final at Indian Wells and the quarter-final in Miami having started the season with victory in the Brisbane international. Pablo Cuevas has won two events already this year - both on clay However, Argentinian Pablo Cuevas could rightly lay claim to the title as well, he is one of five players with multiple singles titles on the tour this year, winning on the clay in both Rio and Sao Paulo and he is sure to give the big serving Canadian a tough workout.Raonic won their only previous meeting in Portugal in 2014 but both players have improved immeasurably in the two years since with Raonic tipped as the next man to break the stranglehold on the big four at the majors and 30-year-old Cuevass two title this year just one less than his has previously managed in his career.Surprise in store Damir Dzumhur beat Rafael Nadal at the Miami Masters Damir Dzumhur saw off Nadal in the second round in Miami so will fancy his chances of a possible upset against world No 7 Tomas Berdych.The Czech lost in last years Monte Carlo final and has two wins from the two meetings between the pair but both were on outdoor hard courts.World No 99 Dzumhur made the last 16 in Florida but lost to Berdych in Doha earlier this year - he blows hot and cold but Berdych will have to be on his game if he is to advance.In case you missed itAndy Murray was made to work for his second round victory against Pierre-Hugues Herbert which came in three tough sets while number eight seed David Ferrer withdrew from the event with an unspecified injury.Roger Federers return from injury was perhaps the major story of the day, the Swiss has not played since the Australian Open following knee surgery and a stomach bug but he saw off Guillermo Garcia Lopez in fine style.However it was Feliciano Lopez who delivered a memorable moment, a furious blast in the direction of the umpire with whom he was less than impressed... 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His latest victory, and 49th overall in the Cup series, came two weeks ago at Sonoma Raceway and snapped an 84-race drought.His skid at Kentucky isnt quite as lengthy: 0 for 5 dating to the tracks inaugural race in 2011.While Stewart has missed dozens of races the last three years because of injuries and the aftermath of a fatal accident in a sprint car race, hes never missed Kentucky -- and just one lap led and no top 10s to show for his effort.His start Saturday night will mark his 600th in Sprint Cup, good for 24th on the career list.While Kentucky doesnt sound like a big deal, when you want to try to win at every track on the schedule, that would make it a big deal, Stewart said. No matter what happens in the championship, I could say that was perfect.There is one caveat to the list -- Stewarts lone win at Darlington Raceway came in the second-tier Xfinity series. Hes never won at Darlington in 23 career Cup starts and has one more chance in the Southern 500 on Sept. 4.Jeff Gordon cant say he won at every track he ran at so, if I could win those two in the dream season, that would be awesome for us, Stewart said. Thats a second home track for me. Its closer to where I grew up than Chicago is. Ive got a lot of friends who go down to the Kentucky race, so that would be nice to win in front of them.Kentucky Speedway is about 80 miles from Stewarts home in Columbus, Indiana, and there should be a strong contingent of Hoosiers on hand this weekend to watch him go for win No. 50.Yes, the checkered flag would be a sweet accomplishment for the driver known as Smoke.But he needs another solid finish to remain in the top 30 in driver points to earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He holds a three-point lead over Brian Scott for 30th. Stewart, who announced last year that 2016 would be his final season as a NASCAR driver, broke his back a week before the season opened and missed the first eight races before returning for a farewell tour.He can return to race in any kind of series next season -- and got a small taste of what is potentially ahead this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Stewwart, a two-time Brickyard 400 winner, turned a few laps on a dirt track oval built for him at IMS to honor his short-track racing career.dddddddddddd IMS President Doug Boles invited several dirt midget drivers to the track on Tuesday to test out the temporary track.I dont think anybody that I know of ever dreamed that wed see anything like this at IMS, Stewart said. This could be one of the coolest things thats ever happened to short track racing.Stewart received a milk jug of dirt as a souvenir from Boles.This is as close as Im going to get to drinking milk here, Stewart said.Hed come to Indy with his father as a child, dreaming of someday winning an Indianapolis 500. He once said hed trade all his wins and trophies for just one victory at his beloved IMS. But instead of chugging the traditional milk after an Indy 500 victory, Stewart settled for two wins (2005, 2007) at the Brickyard in NASCAR.Stewart has accomplished just about every available feat in NASCAR -- and a win at Kentucky would make that list of goals that much shorter.-----ITS TIME TO FACE THE MUSICXfinity driver Bubba Wallace was fined $15,000 by NASCAR on Wednesday for a critical tweet following the race at Daytona. Wallace, who had been penalized in the race for not keeping a reasonable speed under caution, was seemingly upset with how Aric Almirola was awarded the victory when the race ended under caution.Got the muppets up there officiating tonight! Never know how to react under pressure... Whatta joke, Wallace tweeted.Wallaces fans enjoyed the social media shot -- the post had been retweeted more than 600 times and liked about 1,500 times as of Wednesday afternoon.Wallace, who drives the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, will not appeal.-----TOWNLEY INJURYJohn Wes Townley is undergoing treatment for a possible concussion and will not race in Thursday nights NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.The No. 05 Chevrolet will be driven by Parker Kligerman. Cole Custer will substitute for Townley in Saturday nights ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway.Townley hopes to return to competition at the NASCAR Truck race at Eldora Speedway on July 20. He has not raced since he fought Spencer Gallagher during the Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. Townley was fined $15,000 by NASCAR. ' ' '
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