Novak Djokovic expects tough Monte Carlo Masters final

Novak Djokovic punches the air after defeating Mikhail Youzhny during the Monte Carlo Masters on April 17, 2013
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Novak Djokovic is expecting a tough test against Rafael Nadal in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters tomorrow.

Novak Djokovic has said that he must prepare for the "toughest challenge possible" when he faces Rafael Nadal in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters tomorrow.

The world number one beat Italy's Fabio Fognini in straight sets earlier today to set up the clash.

Speaking after the match, the Serb said: "Whenever you play Rafa, you know what to expect. You expect the toughest challenge possible on clay. I'm ready for that. I'm very happy that physically, mentally, emotionally I have been improving as the tournament was going on. Each day I feel better on the court, more confident.

"Of course, I will have to be on top of my game. I will have to be focused and motivated from the start to the end in order to have any chance of winning against Nadal.

"I need to have a very optimistic mindset in order to get a win. I'm not going out there to play my best; I'm going out there to win. That's how I'm going to feel tomorrow."

The pair have not played since the final of the French Open last year, which Nadal won in four sets.

Rafael Nadal reacts during the match against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2013
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