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Nadal Fends Off Tough Challenge from Bulgaria's Dimitrov

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 17:15| Views: 791 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Nadal Fends Off Tough Challenge from Bulgaria's Dimitrov Rafael Nadal survived a second-set fightback from Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov (pictured). Photo by EPA/BGNES

Rafael Nadal survived a second-set fightback from Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal, seeking a ninth consecutive title at the event, looked in trouble as Dimitrov matched the world number five blow-for-blow.

However, the Spaniard’s consistency eventually prevailed to secure a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory.

Despite the defeat, media have praised the young Bulgarian’s inspiring performance.

“When the Bulgarian goes on to win multiple grand slam titles - as he surely will do - this match might just prove his launchpad despite the loss,” ESPN wrote after the clash.

“Dimitrov's talent has been well known for a while, but the manner in which he imposed himself on Nadal - on Nadal's own adopted court - was breathtaking.”

Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last-four after the French No. 6 seed beat Andy Murray's conqueror Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-3 6-4.

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