Rafael Nadal beats Andy Murray, reaches 100th career final

World number five Rafael Nadal reached his 100th career final, beating Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 this afternoon in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master.

Murray broke twice to take the opening set 6-2, but wilted under Rafa’s power and accuracy to lose the next two 6-4, 6-2.

Our champ now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between French players Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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  1. I have enjoyed reading the many comments. I watched mostly on TennisTV and then the Tennis Channel. I thought they were both fairly balanced. TC can sometimes be overly negative, in my view, depending on who the commies are. I hope that Rafa fans will be realistic and take it match by match. Montfils is playing some of the best tennis I have seen from him. Even though Rafa is very popular in MC, I would have to think that Gael will have huge support. I am hoping for the best.

  2. April 16th 2016….Montreal…..Bravo Rafa! Excellent to see you back on the right side of the net, so to speak! Monte Carlo seems to agree with you – keep up the good work!

  3. Slimy sarcastic biased commentary? Never!! They are professionals of course:) It must be killing them that Rafa is still swatting aside the great British hopes just as they thought they got rid of him. So what if he takes longer than others between points – he always has. The strength of a player is to adapt to each player’s game like Rafa has to. Is it a coincidence or the certainty of having a French player in the final that contributed to the French umpire throwing him of his game?

    • Andy too, took his time serving and often went above the allowed time….. An ant made into an elephant over nothing……it was no big deal it was truly a question of seconds for both players….. Somehow the two poor commentators kept their bias obvious and ugly. So tiring and so disappointing to see Fleming join the crowd of European tennis bias. Makes zero sense!!!! Furthermore, it was trackless of them to have Andy’s brother comment on the game minutes before it began….. foolishly, all three of them were bias in predicting that Andy will win….. Made no sense but they seem to be pleased with themselves. As we beautifully witness, Rafa prevailed beautifully , played stronger, played better, had better sportsmanship and was much more engaging and passionate. Somehow the commentators were stuck in their little small minded world of bias and kept making a huge deal over nothing with respect to the timing between serves. They lacked gentlemen manners, and it came across absolutely bonkers to see such unprofessional behaviors and bias opinion in regard to top players….. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

      Have a fabulous time today DEAR RAFA ….. we love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  4. Andy is a bad loser and yet Rafa loves Andy. The British commentators were so biased. it was so evident in Wawrinke/Nadal match. I was waiting for Nadal to be interviewed on court and who did they interview but Murray. I could have spat rust. Good luck Rafa tomorrow against Monfils.

    • Nadal loves everybody – he is one of life’s innocence – people that are so pure they tend not to see bad in others – which is why I love him.

  5. Fabulous win-play on-keep the momentum going🏆👑🏆👑🏆👑🏆👑🏆👑🏆👑

  6. Dear Rafa and Fans: So happy for the win over Andy Murray today . I hope that Rafa is on his way to much needed confidence and self-belief – permanently!! Please be healthy, calm, and confident into tomorrow’s final with Monfils. Rafael Nadal needs this Win tomorrow and mostly to strengthen his self-belief. He needs to play more offensively and he will only be able to play this way if he has belief in himself. I pray he can feel this way ,and a Win tomorrow will he the best thing for him for many many reasons. I love you Rafa, God bless you. Love, Marylynn

    • Exactly, the great J.Beer!

      Your honest, incisive and courageous comments have in no small measure contributed to the 95% Rafa that we have now.

      • What !! You sanctimonious arse..so you think comments on here have contributed to Nadals performence..especially from the grim reapers ..laughable that you think he even reads them!!!

  7. rafa practice well , monfils is a good player, his defense is good so try drop shots and dont be predictable with shot selection

    and remember don’t drop inside service box area it is a suicide nowadays so just be consistent over the area beyond service box area …….

    and most importantly just focus on generating high chest/shoulder spinning bounce ……………it is very very very important

  8. just watched match highlights and great to see rafa defence was upto the mark like his best years……..

    vamos rafa

    best luck for tomorrow

  9. The haters won’t stay away for long they are probably on Murray’s website now slating him. I hope Rafa’s on his A game tomorrow with his timing on his serve as you can be sure whoever he’s playing against will jump on that band wagon to try and rattle him.

    • Hold your horses Pretty Maria, you easily 4get that it is because of the comments of the so-called haters that Rafa has improved over time! If we (the great MIROMO, the incredible J-Beer and the srupulous Deeep Thinker) had pampered him like the rest of you, Rafa would probably be ranked No 50 or so by now!!!

      But we stood out from the majority crowd and spoke with the truth with one voice and you can now see the result today on Rafa!

      Anyway, Rafa will surely win against Monfils (he won 6-1, 6-3 against his country man, Jo Tsonga). Rafa leads the head to head 11-2.

      Vamossssssssssss Rafaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

      • So you, Deep Thinker are taking credit for Rafa’s win today, hmmmmmmm, did I see a new coach in players box, no it was Uncle Toni still. So pray tell us real Rafa fans where has your advice and that of all the other haters about a new coach being the way forward. Think not, it is all about confidence and self belief which can only come from the player himself at the end of the day. Vamos for tomorrow Rafa👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏🐃😀

      • you are one helluva delusional fruitcake Shallow Thinker! You REALLY believe Rafa is even AWARE that this site exists?????? It’s an independently owned and run site you brain-dead sausage O_O

  10. Rafa simply wanted to win more than Andy. Result being that Rafa played better. Its being such a pleasure to watch him play this week !! Here in France Rafa is very popular so we don’t have problem as it seams to be with sky. Can’t wait for Roland Garrods.

    • Not so fast, Katrina, not so far.

      Don’t let us underestimate the Terminator.

      The Robot has been taken to his Repair Room to fix the wear and tear of a continuous winning spree and also have its battery recharged. Uh, there’s is nothing more dangerous than a half-smote viper!

      We all should PRAY for Nadal come RG in May!!! Do not take the Sebinator for granted!!!!

  11. i hear about commentators being bias ……i actually from last one year watched every rafa match by muting the volume

  12. congratulations rafa for a great victory, coming from set down to take away the match with such scoreline against top player indeed will really helps ur confidence

    i am so upset i couldn’t watch the match because of office works and timings……….though i was following scores, when i checked score u were a set down with that scoreline i beleive u need second set to turn up the match …….thanks god i will able to watch u tomorrow

    i am so happy just to see u happy, u enjoying ur victory ………it really make me feel serene

    Now the next match rafa ………..yes whoever it ur opponent both are playing great(scoreline suggest) and it is not at all a walkover ……………….so just practice well

    enjoy ur win today

    tomoroow final will be such an important landmark for ur confidence for rest of the year i believe

    so vamos rafa

    take rest and take care

    btw i am missing novak it would be great thing to face him on this turf before RG

    love u rafa …………the champ

  13. BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT SOLID SEMI FINAL VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Sending lots of love & a great big massive hug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You played beautifully and your win is classy & well earned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ci….ci….ci….& big CI once again!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) Your aggressive play & strong returns are magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOUR SERVE WAS GREAT & SOLID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR CLASSY DETERMINATION & SPORTSMANSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOUR AGGRESSIVE GAME IS IMPRESSIVE & TOP TOP TOP BRILLIANT …..KUDOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YOU TAKE TOP PLAYERS TO THE CLEANERS WITH SUCH PASSION …… & …. STEADFAST GRACE & PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YEH!!!!!!!!! VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE WATCHING YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Have a beautiful day sweetheart & Enjoy EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) That was a powerful strong win with great passionate aggressive play !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Thank you for all the fun & joy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS !!!! : ) Have lots & lots of fun celebrating and enjoying your amazing strong victory with your great loyal team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Lots of love & happiness & have a fantastic time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

    • Fruitcake, if you cut back on all those stupid exclamation marks, some of us might actually read your blah blah blahs O_O

    • I am confident that he WILL BITE THAT TROPHY TOMORROW!!! All his naysayers notwithstanding!!!

      • Rafa needs this trophy for his confidence. After 2 years without any Master 1000 and 4 years with no Monte-Carlo title, i am very happy to see him in the final.

        Monfils or Tsonga won’t be a threat but Rafa needs to play with his anger like the beginning of set 2 today. I have never seen Rafa that angry when he missed the shot. After that, he really sank Andy.

      • My crystal ball tells me clearly that Rafa will win 6-4, 6-4 tomorrow.

        So it has been written; so it shall be.

  14. Great fight back from Rafa! Tremendous effort. Murray simply wilted after the first set. Good luck tomorrow champ!

    • I disagree that Murray wilted after the first set, the difference being that Rafa was able to up his energy level in the second set, and then was able to maintain that high level, like a TRUE CHAMPION! Rafa did not win because Murray wilted, he won because he is THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!!!!

      • You are absolutelyright rafa 86. Rafa’s anger was so tremendous. It was as if he decided to whip Andy. He was pushing Andy out of the court and making him run around with his tongue out. Andy displayed tremendous defense but was clearly outplayed.

  15. Sky commentators were unbearable and kept harping abt Rafa taking too much time and that is why he supposedly had advantage over Andy. Does that explain why Andy was losing his own service? Crap commentators… they need to abstain themselves from TV and vent their frustration somewhere else. Rafa has beaten the world number 2 today so there should not be negative comments today from fans and the way he has played has been brilliant. Murray looked clearly beaten in the third set. It will be a harder task to beat Rafa with the three sets win in french open.

  16. Rafa is back!!! Sky commentators have been pathetic and had very negative comments about Rafa as he sent Andy packing. Shame on them! Andy got a free point in the first set as his ball was clearly out but umpire counted it as in unfairly. Rafa got upset and lost the subsequent games. Overall, this match showed that Rafa is back. He needs to win tomorrow to remind himself who he is…

    • I generally don’t take British Sky sports commentators seriously- especially when it comes to British sports men and women.

      They can be very biased and just as petulant as Murray himself. Since yesterday, there has been a build up on the internet with majority of the British Press and public commenters insinuating that Murray will easily beat Nadal. The first set vindicated their assertions but as the match went on, they went into meltdown.

      Victory is the best form of revenge!!

      Vamos Rafa!! the GOAT!

    • Not so fast Presto, Rafa is not back until we hear from the naysayers! O_O
      They will spell clearly why Rafa is not back, in spite of the trashing he gave an in-form Murray, who played very well. Except that Rafa played that much better!!!!
      Let me guess some of Rafa’s ‘faults’ that the naysayers will spell out: he is showing signs of baldness, he scowls too much, all of which of course has absolutely nothing to do with tennis, but this won’t matter to zika-brain Laforge and village idiot MIROMO …….. LMAO

      • Rafa-86_still a gorgeous man!! Great win, great focus and strength of mind. The crowd firmly behind him. One more to go. Vamos Rafaaaa

      • Rafa 86 no matter what the naysayers say I am sure even Novak is getting worried about his chances for the french open this year if he watched this match today and especially after the thrashing he got by low ranked Vesely.

      • Totally agree with you Presto – I said last week that Rafa is now on a trajectory to beat Novak at their next meeting, and after today’s performance I am more convinced than ever!

        Elizabeth, agreed …… nothing the naysayers bray about can take anything away from The Ultimate Warrior!!!

      • Come on then where are you all???grim reapers ..nothing to say?? Thought not..well played Rafa ..it’s not over till the fat lady sings sooo want you to win tomorrow good luck ..oh and as an afterthought hope all you sanctimonious know alls STAY AWAY

    • Agree Presto, I turned down the sound on Sky as commentators were so unprofessional and biased. Thought Rafa was not wise to get upset at that wrong call. He was so brave and strong to fight back, happy for him and his team. Now he has to win to morrow. Happy day Raftans all over the world.

      • RAFA WILL SURELY WIN AGAINST MONFILS TOMORROW, DEAR LIZZY.

        OUR WINNING DAYS ARE BACK (No thanks to Novak)……

  17. On a day like this, you will not find J Beer and the other Nadal haters here.

    If Nadal had lost, they will be the first set of people to comment, disingenuously berating the Champ.

    Nadal had a dip in form and confidence and he is getting back to true form.

    Well Done Nadal for a well played Match. Vamos!!!

    On to Barcelona next.

    • Well said, Chris.

      But he has to win Monte Carlo first , before Barca.
      And it is looking more ,likely that he will bite the trophy again as Tsonga right now is down 6-1, 4-1!. Baring any miracle, Gael Monfils should win.

      Somehow, I prefer Nadal playing Monfils than Tsonga, who is very, very tricky.

      Yes, on to Barca we go!!!!!

  18. Fantastic match! He plays his best tennis in the 2 & 3 set! Bravo! What was the discussion about? I couldn’t hear a thing>Skype sport TV> bad! About Nadal taking too much time? Why do they not complain when he is loosing? Its also then braking the rules! Win is a win and a fantastic, awesome win! Vamos campeon. Need to hold your serve too and hold the momentum! Congtats! We love you!!!!!

  19. Gongradulations!!!!!!!!! Take time to breath and the next game is yours too

    God Bless You
    Kathy Kim
    Medford, Oregon

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