◼️ The Spanish southpaw eliminated the 21 year old Russian 6-3 and 6-2: to get to semifinals he will have to go through the Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Rafael Nadal settled into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 after eliminating by 6-3 and 6-2 the Russian Karen Khachanov, in a close match at the start and that finally lasted 1h19m.

The world number 1 made two breaks in the first quarter – and suffered one on his own serve – and added another pair in a second partial in which he was dominant, to eliminate his rival, 38th in the ranking and 21 years.

Rafa had a good production with the points played with his first service (he won 22 of 28) and took advantage of the low percentage with that weapon of his opponent (43% of effectiveness).

Thus, the 10-time champion on the brick powder of the Principality qualified for the round of the best eight, in which he will meet the Austrian Dominic Thiem (13th), executioner of the Serbian Novak Djokovic (13th) for 6-6. 7 (2-7), 6-2 and 6-3.

In turn, Grigor Dimitrov (5th) and David Goffin (10th) will animate another interesting quarter-final match on Friday, while Alexander Zverev (4th) and Richard Gasquet (34th) will do the same. Meanwhile, the Croatian Marin Cili, 2nd favorite of the title, advanced by the non-presentation of Milos Raonic.

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