Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach final

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The Serbian was beaten in three sets by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Thursday, but said he was pain-free for the first time in two years.

Nishikori fought back from a set down to beat Germany's Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-3 6-4 to reach his first Masters final since 2016 in Montreal.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

Nadal won 6-4 6-1 against Dimitrov, meaning he has won a quarter-final and semi-final in consecutive days for the loss of just seven games.

Eight straight points on his opponent's serve saw Nadal storm towards the finishing line, and a wide Dimitrov backhand wrapped up yet another comfortable victory.

While it may seem absurd, it is a reminder of the relentless perfectionist Nadal is even on his best surface. The top-ranked Spaniard never looked in trouble as he beat the fourth-seeded Bulgarian for the 11th time in 12 career meetings. He asked me about things.

He broke for the first time to lead 2-0 courtesy of a clever lob and a well disguised drop shot before the young German tamely netted a forehand, but Zverev hit back by winning the next three games.

Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as he tries to return to form following two years of struggles with a persistent right elbow injury.

"My wrist, on clay it's a little bit different than on hard courts".

The former world number four, now ranked 36, did enough to wear down a exhausted Zverev who came through a late-night thriller with Richard Gasquet on his 21st birthday on Friday.

With AP Photos.Rafael Nadal remains on course for a record 31st Masters title after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals.

"That's what I really hope about him because he is important, very important, for our tour". "But, you know, to see him this week, it looks a little bit hard", added Nishikori.

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