Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in Monte Carlo semi

Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:43pm EDT
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MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over eight-times champion Rafa Nadal on Saturday.

Serbian Djokovic, who ended Nadal's reign on the principality's claycourts in the 2013 final, will meet Czech Tomas Berdych after the sixth seed beat local favorite Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final.

Saturday's match was a serious reality check for the third-seeded Nadal, who is hoping to clinch his 10th Roland Garros title.

The Spaniard never found the appropriate depth to unsettle Djokovic, who is looking to win his third consecutive Masters title after triumphing in Indian Wells and Miami.

"Even when I was a break down in the first set I kept a winning mentality," Djokovic told a courtside interviewer.

"I stayed focused. I'm in great shape, I don't feel tired."


Nadal told a news conference: "He's phenomenal the way that he can move the ball to everywhere. If he takes advantage from inside the court, you are dead. That's what happened, no?"   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their semi-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier