After two years away from the tournament, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer accepted a wildcard invitation into the Monte Carlo Masters.
The fourth ranked Federer has never won a title in Monte Carlo, as he lost three straight finals at the event to clay court king Rafael Nadal. He has not partaken in the tournament since 2011, where he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-final round.
The 32-year-old began his 2014 season with a finals appearance in Brisbane, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt. He would win his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a three-set semifinal in the process. He would meet Djokovic a second time at the Indian Wells final, but would lose a close three-set battle.
Federer is coming off a surprising quarter-final loss to Kei Nishikori in Miami.
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters takes place between April 13-20 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.