Monte Carlo Masters 2018: Saturday Tennis Scores, Results, Latest Schedule

Oscar Cross
April 22, 2018

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will look to capture his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday when he faces Kei Nishikori in the final.

"Being honest, I have to recognise that".

The 30-year-old, who is working with former long-time coach Marian Vajda for the first time in a year, is now ranked 13 in the world.

However, a let up in his energy at the business end of the set cost Dimitrov dearly, Nadal taking advantage to break - another pinpoint forehand sealing a 1-0 lead.

It certainly wasn't easy at Indian Wells and Miami, losing in the second round to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire, and he showed clear signs of improvement in Monte Carlo, dropping a tight third round contest against Dominic Thiem.

It was the 12th time Nadal had whitewashed a set against a top-10 player, and he got the second set underway with another love hold. Despite a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win against Grigor Dimitrov, he has a pressing concern given how quickly he is texting.

Each player saved two break points in their first service games of the decider before Nishikori steadied himself to convert a match point in the 10th game and book a place in the final.

However, the Bulgarian's serve unravelled under the pressure of Nadal being a game away from the set, coughing up two double faults before Nadal hit the line with a forehand victor on his second set point.

No matter that he has not dropped a set in six matches since coming back from a recurrence of a right hip injury; he is more focused on ironing out even the smallest of flaws.

The Bulgarian continued to go for his shots and brought up three break-back points in game five as Nadal followed a double fault with two wayward groundstrokes, before firing long. "It is hard to play better than today".

"It was the first time I have played on my birthday, so it's great to win and to be in the semi-finals", he said.

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