Result: Rafael Nadal eases into Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals

Rafael Nadal in action at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 13, 2016
Nine-time Monte Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal eases into the semi-finals of the competition with a straight-sets win over Diego Schwartzman.

Rafael Nadal has booked his place in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman this evening.

The Spaniard continued his dominance at the event with a 6-4 6-4 triumph, setting up a last-four showdown with David Goffin, who beat Novak Djokovic earlier today.

The nine-time and reigning champion got off to a shaky start when Schwartzman broke to love in the very first game, but Nadal hit straight back and won the next four games in a row to take control of the opener.

Schwartzman was able to restore parity via another break in the seventh game but Nadal was soon back on top and wrapped up the first set 6-4 with one more win against the serve in the final game.

It was a similar story in the second set too, with two breaks apiece leaving the score at 5-4 to Nadal and the world number 41 serving to stay in the match.

Nadal finished as his opponent had started the match, though, breaking to love to seal his progress into the semi-finals.

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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,285
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,175
4Serbia Novak Djokovic5,805
5Switzerland Roger Federer4,765
6Canada Milos Raonic4,150
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,025
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,895
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,785
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,040
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,980
12Alexander Zverev2,860
13Belgium David Goffin2,785
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Lucas Pouille2,570
16France Gael Monfils2,545
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,360
18United States Jack Sock2,335
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,110
20Australia Nick Kyrgios2,110