Rafael Nadal will attempt to win an incredible 11th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday after defeating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in their Saturday semi-final 6-4, 6-1. It is the sixth time that Rafa has advanced to the final without dropping a set.
He saw a 3-0 first-set lead slip away as Dimitrov laid down the first real challenge to the Spaniard this week, only for a sloppy service game from the Bulgarian to gift the 10-time champion the opening set.
That effectively ended Dimitrov’s chances, and Rafa broke to love in the second game of the second set.
Eight straight points on his opponent’s serve saw Rafa storm towards the finishing line, and a wide Dimitrov backhand wrapped up yet another comfortable victory.
The World No. 1, playing in only his second tournament of the season, has now won 13 straight matches and 34 straight sets on clay since that hiccup against Dominic Thiem in the 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals in Rome.
Rafa will face either Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori in the final.
Sources: AFP, ATP World Tour