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Federer in Djokovic's half

Roger Federer has been placed in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Swiss great accepted a wild card for the event earlier in the week and when the draw was made on Saturday, the fourth seed was put on course for a semi-final showdown with the Serb.

Federer faces a tough path to that stage though. He will open against either Radek Stepanek or Ivo Karlovic and could face the big-serving Jerzy Janowicz in round three.

Fabio Fognini, so impressive in beating Andy Murray in the Davis Cup last weekend, is a potential quarter-final opponent, as is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Djokovic is the defending champion and he'll start against either Benoit Paire or a qualifer. Tomas Berdych, who beat him in Rome last year, is due to be the Serb's seeded foe at the quarter-final stage.

The top half of the draw is led by eight-time Monte Carlo winner Rafael Nadal. He'll start against Gilles Simon or a qualifier and is seeded to face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the last eight.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka will face Nadal in the semis if the seedings bear out. Wawrinka could first have to fight his way past Milos Raonic in the last eight.

British star Andy Murray is not playing in the tournament, the first of the European claycourt season which is always seen as a key warm-up event for next month's French Open.