Nadal Goes for 11 at ATP Barcelona Open; Preview

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World number one Rafael Nadal seems to be getting fitter, swifter and sharper and looked at his formidable best blistering past Dominic Thiem at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Friday.

It should be noted that 16-time Grand Slam champion, Nadal is eyeing to win an 11th Monte Carlo title and a record 31st Masters Title.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

Nadal will be the huge favourite to win with the victory over Dimitrov making it 34 straight sets on his favoured surface.

Quite incredibly, Nadal has broken opponents nearly 50% of the time on clay in the last 12 months, aptly demonstrating his sheer dominance over the competition right now on this surface, and realistically, it's hard to dispute that price this afternoon. The top-ranked Spaniard never looked in trouble as he beat the fourth-seeded Bulgarian for the 11th time in 12 career meetings.

Both players saved two break points in their first service games of the third set, before solidifying their serves as the set became a battle of attrition.




"I really had a lot of chances in the first set to have (a) little bit better score".

While Nishikori produced a spirited performance to clinch a 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3 win over Croatia's Marin Cilic in their last-eight clash, Zverev stormed into semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over France's Richard Gasquet.

However, a let up in his energy at the business end of the set cost Dimitrov dearly, Nadal taking advantage to break - another pinpoint forehand sealing a 1-0 lead.

The Japanese player moved into his first Masters final since Canada in 2016 after struggling with a right wrist injury that forced him to miss the last four months of last season.

Nadal needs to win the Masters 1000 tournament to retain number one ranking ahead of Roger Federer, and will face Japan's Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final.

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