Nadal in monte carlo now against kohlschreiber

Nadal in monte carlo now against kohlschreiber

Rafael nadal has started the european clay-court season with a victory and will now face philipp kohlschreiber at the masters series tournament in monte carlo.

The former world number one from spain won against the australian marinko matosevic with 6:1, 6:2 on wednesday.

Nadal has won the tournament in the principality of monaco eight times in a row since 2005 and has now won 43 matches in a row there. The eighth final of the 2.65 million euro sand court event will feature a duel between nadal and kohlschreiber. The davis cup player from augsburg has only won once in nine matches against the left-hander from mallorca – in 2012 in the quarterfinals of halle/westfalen on grass court.

Nevertheless, nadal showed great respect for the world number 21. Kohlschreiber. "He is a complete player. He has good strokes on both sides, a very good serve and is a tough opponent especially on ashes. I will have to play at a high level if I want to leave the field as the winner," nadal said.

Novak djokovic had more trouble in his match against russian michael yuzhni. The number one seeded serb won after 2:15 hours with 4:6, 6:1, 6:4. Djokovic’s start in monte carlo had been uncertain after a bone injury in the davis cup just two weeks ago. But the wound apparently did not cause him any more problems.

Also in the eighth finals is florian mayer from bayreuth. The world number 30. Won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 against roberto bautista agut of spain after initial difficulties. In the battle for a place in the quarterfinals, mayer will play bulgarian grigor dimitrov, who surprisingly defeated eighth-seeded serb janko tipsarevic in the second round.

Even before his first appearance on wednesday, the 26-year-old nadal had dampened expectations, dismissing the role of favorite despite his impressive personal statistics. "You’re always a bit nervous, it’s like starting all over again," said nadal after his unheralded success. "Today I felt quite well on the square. I didn’t try anything rough, but I had a good feel for the ball."

In february, nadal celebrated his comeback in chile after a seven-month injury layoff. After losing the final to horacio zeballos, nadal went on to win tournaments in sao paulo, acapulco and indian wells.

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