Rafael Nadal advanced to the last eight at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday after a straight sets win over the 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov. He needed just 55 minutes to score a 6-1, 6-1 victory and extend his Head2Head dominance over the Bulgarian to 14-1.
Rafa will face either Andrey Rublev or compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the last eight. He is undefeated against both men in his career, 2-0 over Rublev and 3-0 over Bautista Agut.
After the match, Rafa said:
“I am sorry for him. He played a bad match. That is the truth.
He made a lot of mistakes. I was there. I was doing the right thing, but it is true that today was more his fault than my good tennis.”
“I think I did the right preparation. I felt ready for action again. I am excited to play here in one of my favourite tournaments, without a doubt.
I am happy to enjoy the competition again, to enjoy the Tour. In Mallorca, I had some good practices. Let’s see. Tomorrow [will be] another tough match. I hope to be ready for it.”