Nadal routs Thiem at Monte Carlo Masters

Apr 21, 2018, 00:44
Nadal routs Thiem at Monte Carlo Masters

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Yet Nadal pulled his opponent across the court with relative ease, Thiem winning only seven return points all match, per ProTennisLive.com.

"That excites me to get out on Saturday and play my match, simple as that".

Thiem was considered as Nadal's biggest threat as he has beaten the Spaniard on the same surface.

"But it's the ultimate challenge for everybody, to play against him".

Djokovic, now ranked 13, missed a chance to level immediately and Thiem then continued his momentum to break the faltering Serbian again.

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Djokovic was once Nadal's nemesis, even on clay.

But the former top-ranked Serb, who has won 12 majors, is searching for form and confidence now.

At deuce, Coric successfully overturned a call to get a break point but Djokovic saved it with an ace.

"It was a good victory - straight sets against a hard opponent".

Khachanov held his own at times in the opening set, but Nadal moved through the gears and claimed his second comfortable victory of the week after his opening win over Aljaz Bedene.

Djokovic's start of the season was disrupted by an elbow surgery, and has since suffered defeats in consecutive opening matches at Indian Wells and Miami.

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"Ideally, I'd want to be playing the way I played for so many years, but obviously patience is required", said Djokovic, who confirmed he will play in either Budapest or Barcelona next week as a wildcard. So lot of good things. "It's tough, but I'm managing alright", he said. "I have planned Madrid and Rome after that". But he was in no position to threaten Nadal's serve. He broke straight back and then took complete control.

Thiem should provide a sterner test in the last eight, after the fifth seed came from a set down to beat Djokovic.

He dropped two match points in the second as Cilic dug deep to take the match to a third game but kept his nerve to secure his place in the last four.

Raonic said he hurt his right knee during his second-round win on Wednesday. "I think I m able to do that".

"I need days on court". The ball, which was traveling slowly, bounced and clipped the ball boy on the head. He was fined 2,500 euros ($3,100) for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Dimitrov overcame David Goffin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) while the other semi-final will be contested by Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev.

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