Nadal eases into Monte Carlo Masters semis

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (France), April 20 (IANS) Spain’s Rafael Nadal on Friday advanced to the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters after he dominated Austria’s Dominic Thiem in a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

It took just an hour and eight minutes for the world No.1 Spaniard to win and now he is two victories away from a record 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and an 11th title in Monte Carlo, reports Efe.

“It was a perfect match. The ball speed suited me. I felt comfortable on the court,” the 31-year-old said. “Dominic is one of the best players. I am very satisfied.”

In the upcoming round, Nadal is set to take on Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Belgium’s David Goffin 6-4, 7-6(5) in the quarter-finals.

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It took the world No. 5 one hour and 46 minutes to prevail over world No. 10 Goffin for the seventh time out in eight career encounters.

–IANS

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