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Nadal Believes Dimitrov Will Be Top 10

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal is now 47-1 lifetime in Monte-Carlo.

Rafael Nadal believes that Grigor Dimitrov will one day rise into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Speaking after he won their Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-final on Friday, Nadal said, “I always had that feeling. [It] always depends on how he stays mentally, how he's able to keep working hard and improving. But, sure, he's a great player and he has all the shots.  He has everything to be a really, really good player. So [it] depends on him.

“[At 21] he has time. He has time to have a great career… It's not like golf, [when] you have 20 or 25-year career. Here our sport is more aggressive for the body, so we aren’t that lucky.  He still has time and he is doing very well. I saw him play very well in Indian Wells and Miami. He did well here.”

Nadal recorded his 45th straight win at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win over Dimitrov. Nadal lost a set for just the seventh time in nine years at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

At 4-4 in the deciding set, the eight-time reigning champion admitted, “I was nervous. I accepted that my opponent was playing well and I tried to find a solution to win. Finally, I was lucky. I found a solution at the right time.”

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Nadal takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals on Saturday. He said, “I need to play well. When I play against the best players in the world, the only thing I am thinking is [to] try to play my best and hope [that] my opponent doesn't have his best day.”

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