‘Dimitrov is a good friend, hope to be ready for the match,’ says 11-time champion Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will face Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.


World No.3, Rafael Nadal returned to action in fine fashion by dismantling Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of ATP Monte Carlo Masters yesterday.

The Spaniard is a 11-time winner at the event and is a firm favourite to win another title in Monaco. Nadal, who didn’t play after the Australian Open appeared to be fit and in prime form against Delbonis.

As he heads into a clash against Grigor Dimitrov, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said, “We’ve had some great matches. In Melbourne, of course… We played another great match in Beijing, another one in Shanghai. He’s a good friend, a good guy, and a great player.”

I am just excited to play a tough match very early in the tournament: Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal

Although the No.3 seed leads the Bulgarian comfortable in their head to head, 13-1, the Spaniard is aware of the threat Dimitrov possesses.

“It’s going to be a tough test in my second round. It’s going to be his third. I need to be ready for it. I hope to be ready for it. I am just excited to play a tough match very early in the tournament,” explained Nadal.

Rafa will face Dimitrov in the third match at center court on Thursday.

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