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By Chris Oddo | Saturday April 21, 2018

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won eight of the final nine games to defeat Grigor Dimitrov and reach his 12th final at Monte-Carlo.

Photo Source: Julian Finney/Getty

The king of clay is A-ok.

Rafael Nadal has made it to the Monte-Carlo final without dropping a set for the sixth time in his career after taking down Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday.

The Spaniard gave up an early 3-0 lead and found himself at 4-all in the first set and not playing his best tennis—then he clocked eight of the final nine games to improve to 11-1 lifetime against Dimitrov and 67-4 lifetime at Monte-Carlo.

Nadal will face either Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final.

The Spaniard is bidding for a record 11th title at Monte-Carlo and a record 54th title on clay. Nadal has won 34 straight sets on clay dating back to the first round at Roland Garros in 2017. More to follow…


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