Bet Tennis Online – Nadal vs. Dimitrov in One Semifinal, Nishikori in Another
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What: Monte-Carlo Masters
Where: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.
When: April 14- 22, 2018.
Category: Masters 1000
Surface: Clay, outdoors
Draw: 56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize money: €4,273,775 (2017)
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and World No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov will meet in one semifinal matchup while World No. 36 Kei Nishikori awaits the winner of the Alexander Zverev vs. Richard Gasquet matchup late on Friday.
Nishikori got past World No. 3 Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in a thrilling three-setter while Nadal thrashed World No. 7 Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round on Friday and Dimitrov downed World No. 10 David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 (5) in straight sets.
Nadal won the first nine games of an eagerly anticipated encounter against Thiem, in a match that took just 68 minutes to complete. Now, on track to win his 11th title at Monte Carlo, where he has gone 66-4, Nadal sounded pleased afterward.
“It has been a great result for me, but it isn’t a normal result,” said Nadal. “He’s one of the best players of the world, especially on clay.
“Here, I think I played great. I played so well this afternoon, playing very aggressive in general terms, backhand, forehand, serve. I’m defending well, returning well. It has been a great day for me, and a very good result against a very difficult rival. I’m sorry for him because he’s a good friend. It was a tough score, of course. But I know he is going to be fighting for every title during the clay court season.”
Nishikori pulled off the upset over the second-seeded Cilic to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Toronto in 2016. The Japanese-born superstar let three match points get away from him in the second set, but dug deep in the critical moments to get the win.
Nishikori has reached three Masters 1000 finals – at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Nadal) and two in 2016 at the Miami Open presented by Itaú and the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Djokovic both times), which was also his last semifinal appearance at a Masters 1000 event.
Nadal has compiled a dominant 10-1 record against Dimitrov in 11 career meetings against the Bulgarian and he beat Dimitrov three times in 2017. Dimitrov did beat Nadal 6-2, 6-4 on the hard court in China in their only meeting of 2016, but outside of that, it’s been Nadal on every other occasion.
Nishikori lost his only career meetings against Alex Zverev, 6-3, 6-4 in Washington D.C. last year and he’s gone 2-7 in nine career meetings against Richard Gasquet, although he has won two of the last three meetings, which all took place on clay though Gasquet did win their last match in four sets at Roland Garros.
Right now, it’s hard to go against Rafa, no matter who’s on the other side of the net, so I’m going to urge you to back him to beat Dimitrov at the very least. In the other semifinal, I’ll take Nishikori over Zverev if the World No. 4 beats Gasquet, but if the World No. 34 makes it to the semis, I’m going to back him to take out Nishikori.
No matter who appears in the semis opposite Nadal, I’m going to say that Rafa gets it done on his favorite surface to win his 11th Monte Carlo Rolex Masters!