The Slovenian-born world number 60 will face one of the toughest tests on clay when he takes on the Spaniard who dominated with consecutive trophies from 2005-12. Nadal has never played Bedene, Federer is 3-0 over Garcia-Lopez as the pair meet for the first time on clay. Bedene booked his spot against Nadal as he defeated Czech Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-3 yesterday.

Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez made it past Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 6-1 to next face third seed Federer, who is set to play his first match in more than two months after a knee procedure.

Nadal is looking for his first title on any surface since last summer and will willingly make 57th-ranked, Slovenia-born Bedene his first victim of the week in the principality. Federer most recently lost a Monte Carlo final two years ago against compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Bedene appears ready to take up his challenge against the mighty Nadal.

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