Nadal Punishes, Dimitrov Advances

Nadal Punishes, Dimitrov Advances

Any chance Dominic Thiem thought he had in beating Rafael Nadal was quickly deflated on Friday, as the number one player easily dismissed the Austrian 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The King of Clay was unstoppable on his serve as he didn’t face one break point in the match. He took the first set in just 31 minutes as Thiem struggled to get any type of momentum going. The #7 seed didn’t win his first game until the 4th game in the second set but, by that time, Rafa was already in close-out mode to seal yet another clay court semifinal appearance.

Nadal is looking to win his 11th title in Monte Carlo and needs to win the tournament to remain number one in the world. If he fails to do so then Roger Federer will move back up to the top.


Rafa will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who beat the 10th seed David Goffin, 6-4, 7-6(7-5) in a hard fought match.

After winning a close first set, Dimitrov found himself down 1-5 in the second before rolling off the next 5 games. Serving in the tiebreak at 6-5, Dimitrov was able to take the match when Goffin came to the net and hit a volley out trying to return a backhand shot from the Bulgarian.

Adding to the dynamic of the match was the fact that Dimitrov and Goffin are doubles partners and are scheduled to play together later on Friday.

Grigor has made it to his first Monte Carlos semifinals but to get any further will be an extremely difficult task. In head to head matchups, he has only beaten Nadal once in the 11 times that they have played.

They are scheduled to play on Saturday for a spot in the finals.


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