Rafael Nadal dodges Grigor Dimitrov bullet, Djokovic cruises

Third seed Nadal will now have to prepare for a semi-final against confident Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier advanced against Stanislas Wawrinka, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

updated: April 20, 2013 01:11 IST
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Monaco: Rafael Nadal survived one of his toughest claycourt tests to squeeze out a dramatic 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win over highly-rated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.

The Spaniard, who has not lost in the principality since 2003, was reluctant to talk about taping on his back, evidence of the wear and tear his return to his beloved clay may be taking after he missed seven months of play with knee problems.

"I'm happy to be in the semi-finals, I played the best with what I had. It's normal to have problems on the back, on the shoulder, on the elbow," was the extent of the eight-time champions' comments.

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  • Tennis
  • Roger Federer
  • Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
  • Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Rohan Bopanna
  • Grigor Dimitrov