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Daniil Medvedev: 'It is funny that I am seeded above Rafael Nadal for Monte-Carlo'

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Daniil Medvedev says it is 'funny' that he is seeded above Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters given their contrasting fortunes on clay. 

Medvedev climbed above Nadal in the world rankings in March, meaning he will be the second seed in Monaco - one higher than the 'King of Cay' himself.

That is despite Nadal winning 11 previous Monte-Carlo Masters titles, while Medvedev is still awaiting his first success on a clay court.

“I mean, it’s just funny because, well, I’m not the best clay court player, but I’m seeded higher than him (Nadal) in Monte Carlo – which he won maybe 10 times, maybe more, I’m not sure,” Medvedev said.

“Yeah, it’s probably not going to mean anything during the tournament, but let’s see."

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Medvedev has established himself as one of the best players in the world on a hardcourt, although clay has proven to be something of an Achilles heel.

He is yet to even win a single match at Roland Garros in his career, and he has been happy to admit that clay is a surface he does not enjoy.

“I’m not hiding this, I don’t like clay," he said. "I’m not going to South America, although I like to travel.

“I would like to go there once in my life, of course. But I’m not going to go there instead of Rotterdam, Marseille or Dubai. I’m not going to play on clay in South America during that time."

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