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Rafael Nadal reveals Andy Murray called him up two weeks ago

Rafael Nadal reveals Andy Murray called him up two weeks ago

That will change next week and Novak will try to challenge the 10-time victor Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, trying to shape up his form and make an even better preparation for the upcoming Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome.

Nishikori fought back from a set down to beat Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach his first Masters final since Toronto in 2016.

Throughout Saturday's encounter Nadal sent thundering forehands deep into Dimitrov's side, and when presented with an opening, rolled out a string of whipped winners that just kissed the lines.

But Dimitrov wasted all of his earlier good work, handing Nadal two set points with back-to-back double faults and a wild forehand.

Nadal broke the 26-year-old's serve in the second game as he raced into a 3-0 lead, only for Dimitrov to win the next three games as the pair slugged it out in an intense start.

From there it was a walk in the park for the world number one as Dimitrov's level dropped dramatically, possibly due to a shoulder problem.

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Coverage of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters final gets underway from 1.30pm on Sky Sports Arena on Sunday.

The unseeded Nishikori will face world number one and 10-time champion Rafael Nadal in Monaco on Sunday after defeating Zverev 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the Barcelona Open next week. "Little bit sore still", said Nishikori. They were to play their quarterfinal later Friday.

"I really don't care if I am favourite or I am not favourite", said Nadal, after beating Dimitrov for the 11th time in 12 meetings. He beat Nadal in their last encounter two years ago to take the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

It appeared that Nadal was gaining his usual momentum on clay - and two consecutive love breaks and three easy holds made it 5-0 to the Spaniard in the second set.


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