Rafael Nadal: "I was lucky"

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal says that Grigor Dimitrov has what it takes to become a "really good player" following his victory over the Bulgarian at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Rafal Nadal has admitted to feeling nervous during his hard-fought 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over Grigor Dimitrov at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number five booked his place in the last four but had to go the distance to overcome the 21-year-old Bulgarian, who he believes has what it takes to go to the top.

"I was nervous," Nadal told reporters. "I accepted that my opponent was playing well and I tried to find a solution to win.

"Finally, I was lucky. I found a solution at the right time.

"He's a great player and he has all the shots. He has everything to be a really, really good player."

The Spaniard will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals and he said that he will have to be at his best if he is to give himself a chance of winning his ninth-successive title in Monte Carlo.

"I need to play well," he added. "When I play against the best players in the world, the only thing I am thinking is try to play my best and hope my opponent doesn't have his best day."

The other semi-final sees Novak Djokovic take on Fabio Fognini.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210
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