Rafael Nadal destroys Grigor Dimitrov in Monte Carlo [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

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.”

22 comments

  1. Rafa, please don’t get ” the jab ” !!! It is poison!
    You are a beautiful healthy human being ..no need
    to change that. Good luck for the rest of the
    games!!

  2. Rafa you were like a whirlwind moving through the a copse (wood). Best of everything tomorrow against Andrey Rublev…Vamos Rafa

  3. Your empathy was evident and appropriate,Rafa!!! I am glad that you did not derail yourself with sad feelings. I think sometimes your feelings toward your opponent enter your let down in your skill especially at an end of a winning set. Stay with your goal and then express. your empathy as you did tpday. Well done you are a beautiful himan being!!!!!

    • Apparently Grigor has been losing sleep due to a tooth ache. The commentators on Tennis Channel speculated that he had some sort of physical problem.No one guessed that it might be a tooth.

      Rafa’s next opponent is Rublev. He has been a top five hard court player since the U. S. Open. I’m confident though that Rafa will take care of him. Rafa beat him in straight sets in London plus this is a clay tournament.

      BTW Rafa is quoted as saying that he will have the vaccine as soon as he is eligible. He correctly says it is the responsible thing to do. Rafa may have a chance for the shot as part of the Spanish Olympic team

      • FYI- according to Genny SS who lives in Spain athletes for now are not a priority. Other countries such as Romania have done so for their Olympians. We saw Simona getting her vax. It’s only 99 days away so if it goes ahead we will see.

  4. Only a can do is to congratulate to Rafa the King of clay vamosssssss champ all the best luck 💪❤️🎾😘👍💪🎾

  5. Hoping Rafa can stay on course and win this tournament. I was surprised at how quickly he demolished Grigor and doubt the rest of the field will pose a threat.

    GOOD LUCK RAFA

  6. Congratulations Rafa, just love watching you play. Onwards and upwards now to the next round and wish you the best of luck, Vamos x

  7. Yessssss yessssss and come on, i knew that u gonna do it faster that anybody, do it again in the next match God is always watching u, I pray for u everyday vavamos my great champ

  8. Congrats, Rafael Nadal. Great to see you confident, happy, and victorious. All the best in the next round👍💪🤛👏🎾🍀❤️

  9. It transpired that Grigor has an infection in a tooth and hasn’t been sleeping. There had to be something wrong. Rafa is a much better player but Grigor is not that poor.
    Congrats Rafa. 🇪🇸🌟👏

  10. Congratulations to Dan Evans who played a smart, gritty match to beat Novak. Love his court craft.

  11. Rafa is such a gentleman and pure of heart. Wish him all the best getting to the finals and winning, of course.
    VAMOS RAFA. No 1 to all of us. 😁⭐️

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