Defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain won his 40th consecutive match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters as he defeated the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-4 and booked his place in Saturday’s semis.
Nadal, who lifted this trophy on 7 previous occasions, started the first set with a quick break. Wawrinka tried to come to the net and finish off the rallies earlier, which gave him a re-break as he levelled the set at 4-4. But this court is sacred place for the Spaniard, probably his most loved one (after Roland Garros) and he showed it by taking Wawrinka’s serve to go 6-5 up before serving out the set.
An already pumped up Nadal repeated the early break in set 2 and Wawrinka’s chances seemed to be fading away. The world no.2 stepped up his game even more and didn’t allow his opponent a single break point opportunity to close out the set and sail to victory.
Nadal will play the Frenchman Gilles Simon in the semifinals.