Result: Rafael Nadal sets up Novak Djokovic final in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal advances to his eighth Monte Carlo Masters final after edging Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4 in a gruelling encounter.

Rafael Nadal has reached his eighth consecutive Monte Carlo final after coming through in straight sets against Gilles Simon this afternoon.

The first set began on even terms with many rallies going on for extended periods to the delight of the Monaco crowd.

By the seventh game neither men had presented the other with even a break point opportunity but surprisingly it was Simon who earned two on the Nadal serve. The first was saved after an inconsistent bounce off the clay from a Nadal forehand before Simon netted his volley on the next with Nadal going on to hold serve.

This missed opportunity for Simon proved crucial as Nadal reeled off the next two games to take the first 6-3.

The Spaniard then broke early in the second and ousted out his gallant French opponent, who will be far from disappointed with his performance, 6-4 to make it through to the final.

The 25-year-old will face Novak Djokovic in tomorrow's final after the world number one came from a set down to overcome Tomas Berdych earlier today.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13Belgium David Goffin2,605
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
16France Gael Monfils2,275
17Lucas Pouille2,255
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
19United States Jack Sock2,245
20United States John Isner2,045