Nishikori battles past Cilic to reach Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals

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"There (are) tournaments that I can't imagine missing on goal, because (they are) tournaments that I love to play", Nadal said, via India Today.

The Spaniard was finally tested in his service game, but even his defense turned into offense as the world number one continued to put Thiem in uncomfortable positions during rallies. I tell him the things that I think worked for me.

Read on for a breakdown of Friday's results from the Monte Carlo Masters and highlights of the day's best action.

It's unusual to imagine a Masters quarter-final going so one-sidedly in a clash between two of the world's top 10, particularly given Thiem's credentials on clay.

MONACO (AP) - Rafael Nadal's bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title is proving more comfortable than he imagined after his latest return from injury.

Now, the 31-year old will meet Bulgarian fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last four for a berth in the finals. At the 2016 Shanghai Masters, Bernandes served up a warning to Djokovic for taking an extended break while changing his shirt, which didn't go down well with the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

It took the world No. 5 one hour and 46 minutes to prevail over world No. 10 Goffin for the seventh time out in eight career encounters.

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"It's hard to play better than today", admitted Nadal. "I have to raise my level again".

The Austrian served at only 41% and in the combination with poor movement and groundstrokes it could only mean a disaster for him, suffering the second consecutive bagel versus Rafa after last year's Roland Garros.

Nadal did everything right in his games, dropping six points and keeping Dominic miles away from break points, mounting the pressure on the other side of the net.

Marin Čilić was stopped in the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Monte Carlo as Kei Nishikori celebrated 2:1 in sets with 6:4, 6:7, 6:3, reports Vecernji List on April 20, 2018.

Grigor Dimitrov benefited from a second-set collapse by David Goffin on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals for the first time with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) victory.

He will next face either Richard Gasquet or Alexander Zverev in the last four.

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