The world No 1 makes his return to the ATP Tour this week in the south of France as he begins his march on the clay season.
Roger Federer has already admitted he will skip the next few weeks in order to best prepare for Wimbledon.
But for Nadal it is an opportunity to rediscover his best form as he has struggled since the turn of the year.
The Spaniard was the top seed heading into the Australian Open but was upset by Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, being forced to retire with a hip injury.
His return date was scheduled for the Mexican Open but Nadal suffered an injury setback and was forced to miss both Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
After a successful weekend with Spain in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final against Germany, winning both singles rubbers, he is now in the principality eyeing titles on clay.
And while Nadal knows he will need to win in Monte Carlo to retain his world No 1 ranking, the 31-year-old insists all he wants is to build up his fitness.
“Since the first time playing here it has been a love story with this event,” Nadal told Sky Sports.
“It’s one of the most beautiful clubs in the world.
“For me this part of the season is unique and so special. The only thing I ask is to be healthy and to play with good shape.
“I had a good weekend in the Davis Cup and I am practicing well.
“I come here with the same passion, with the same motivation to play my best and to give me chances to have the best result possible.
“Especially this year I didn’t finish one event yet so hopefully this will be the first.”