PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal comes through Guido Pella test in Monte Carlo

Eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal has booked his place in the semifinals of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters by beating Guido Pella 7-6(1), 6-3 this afternoon.

Rafa, who found himself one point away from a 1-5 deficit on three occasions in the first set, is now within two wins of his 12th title at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Nadal converted seven of 13 break points to advance after two hours and 20 minutes.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a very tough first set. Physically and mentally. Losing the first three games on serve was tough. But I found a way at the right time. I was lucky at 4-1 that he had two points to 5-1. If it was 5-1 it would be almost impossible. I was lucky to escape that moment and then I played better.

I finished the first set playing well and started the second set well. I played a terrible game serving for the match but I am very happy to be through. To be in the semi-finals here means a lot to me after all the things thatโ€™s happened.

Our champ now owns an astonishing 48-2 winning record against lefties on clay and has won 25 straight sets in Monte-Carlo.

The victory sets up a last-four meeting between Rafa and the winner of the quarterfinal match between Fabio Fognini and Borna Coric.

Source: ATP Tour

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7 comments

  1. Good on you Rafa ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸฅฐCongratulations sweet champ ๐Ÿ˜

    Best of luck for tomorrows match – VAMOS! ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  2. What a match, what a fight! It was nerve-wrecking in the first set, but Rafa showed us again why he is the toughest competitor, and the King of Clay! Iโ€™m glad that he survived the challenge. Itโ€™ll only make him stronger. Congratulations also to Pella who gave it all and some!

    Rafa on clay is tennis at its best!

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  3. Ana Marรญa the big fan of Rafa ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ says:

    Rafa congratulations well don champ vamosssssssssss all the way ,you can do it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽพ

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  4. Jeez Rafa! That was hard work, but you found a way to win and thatโ€™s the mark of a great champion.Youโ€™ll have to be up and running much quicker tomorrow. No slip ups PLEASE! Good luck champ.

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  5. Slow start in the first set. Great comeback and than much better in the second set. All the best for tomorrow. Vamos Rafa โค

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