A key factor in Federer's career resurgence previous year was his controversial decision to skip the entire clay-court season.
Nadal, who missed the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open through injury, could face Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam singles champion, in the quarter-finals. Commenting on this, he said, "He wants to play in everything, to always be available". "But I would love to play against Rafa on the ground, at the best of five sets".
With tennis on all courts featuring more play deep in the court, Goffin found himself sliding into a tarp and crashing into the wall.
"It doesn't mean we will play in the final against each other".
"He said he'd love to play me again in a best-of-five on clay so I thought he'd play Roland Garros, and two days later he said he's not playing on clay".
Federer, meanwhile, has opted out of the entirety of the clay-court season for the second year in a row, which Nadal joked was simply because he wants to avoid a meeting on Nadal's favoured surface.
"It looks positive and if he doesn't have a physical problem he will have a great season".
Belgian star David Goffin was not so fortunate in a similar incident at the French Open a year ago.
The world No. 1 returned to competitive action in Spain's Davis Cup win over Germany after a couple of months out with a thigh injury and he has regained fitness in time for the European clay swing.
"I'm practicing well, I am playing with the right intensity I think", Nadal said during a media appointment, as per the Telegraph.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic will link up with former coach Marian Vajda for the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Spaniard has a bye for the first round and will open his tour clay court campaign against either Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene or a qualifier.