Nadal beats Dimitrov, plays Tsonga in Monte Carlo semis

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Rafa Nadal overcame Dimitrov in three sets and will square off against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2013 semifinals.

In the first quarterfinal match seed number thirteen Stan Wawrinka, facing sixth-seeded Frenchman Tsonga, picked up where he left off in yesterday’s thrashing of Andy Murray and produced a five straight games run in the opening set which he served out with a hold to love. He kept pressuring  his opponent in the second set as well, but he failed to convert the first game break ball before suffering a loss of serve himself a few games later. Tsonga hung on to his one break lead and converted his first set ball after rescuing two re-break points some moments earlier. The decider then went with serve until 3-3 when Tsonga stole the Swiss’s serve and succeeded to consolidate it. He went 40-0 up in the next game, yet Wawrinka saved the triple match ball to stay in the contest. The Frenchman kept his composure, though, and booked his semifinal ticket by holding the follow-up service game. He won with 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, fending off ten out of twelve break points in the process.

Monte Carlo serial winner Nadal had to show all of his class to edge out Bulgarian prospect Grigor Dimitrov in their two hours and ten minutes long quarterfinal battle on the central court. The first set was going according to the third seed Spaniard’s plans as he broke his rival three times and held all except one of his own serves – the opener was done and dusted in thirty-two minutes. Despite going one set down, Dimitrov never stopped believing he can turn around the proceedings. He opened the second set with a couple of love holds and went on to break his esteemed rival two times in a row to make it one set between them. No break points opportunities were granted in the decider until 4-4 when Nadal created two of them before clinching a vital break. Serving for the match he won the first two rallies, yet resilient Dimitrov clawed back to make it 30-all. The Bulgarian then started suffering from leg cramps, but still managed to pull off an astonishing down-the-line forehand winner (169 km/h) to rescue the first match ball. Nevertheless, the king of clay generated another one and completed his 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 quarterfinal victory by smashing his second ace.

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