Nadal through to Monte Carlo final

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In the final, Nadal will meet Japanese Kei Nishikori, who defeated Alexander Zverev of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Interesting starts for (8) Bautista Agut vs. the Karlovic/Robredo victor, (7) Schwartzman vs. the rising Tsitsipas, the back-from-injury (3) Thiem vs. Sousa, (11) Mannarino vs. the veteran Cuevas, and (2) Dimitrov vs. the Kohlschreiber/Simon victor...

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 17 games to decide.

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 will change next week and Novak will try to challenge the 10-time victor Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, trying to shape up his form and make an even better preparation for the upcoming Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome.

"I tell him the things that I think worked for me".

Here is the result in full from the first semi-final and a closer look at how Nadal booked his spot in yet another Monte Carlo showpiece.

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Nadal will look for an 11th title in the Principality following Saturday's 6-4 6-1 win, his 11th in 12 meetings with the Bulgarian.

A tight match had been anticipated, but Nadal produced one of the most dominant wins of his career as Thiem fell to pieces in the Monaco sunshine.

Following a 6-0, 6-2 last-eight thrashing of Dominic Thiem, Nadal has now lost only 16 games in four matches this week.

Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as he tries to return to form following two years of struggles with a persistent right elbow injury. Nadal piled on the pressure in game 10 to earn two set points on Dimitrov's serve, snatching the second to go a set up.

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Monte Carlo Masters. He said his wrist remains a "little bit sore".

He won his last match against Nadal in the 2016 Olympic bronze-medal match, but has never beaten him on clay.

"I'm sorry for him, because he's a good friend".

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