Saturday today has two semi finals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters as it almost comes to its culmination. While in the first semi final, World Number One Djokovic takes on Seventh seed Czech Berdych, the World Number 2 and the defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain meets Simon in the second semi final later Saturday afternoon.
|Defending Champion Nadal (L) takes on Simon (R) in the second semi final of Monte Carlo Masters|
Rafael, who is suffering from knee injury for over a year now has not been able to win any major title since. However his 40th successive match win at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Friday shows that he has greatly overcome his injury when he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
The win has definately raised morale of the 25 years old defending champion of the Monte Carlo Master: "I'm in the semi-finals. That's a fantastic news for me. Just looking forward to playing a good match tomorrow." He is eyeing to grab the title for the eighth consecutive times.
World Number 15 Frenchman Gilles Simon, who faces Nadal in the semi final Saturday, defeated fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 6-4 on Friday in the quarterfinals. This was Simon’s second consecutive Top 10 victory, having defeated Janko Tipsarevic in Thursday’s third round.
Simon has won seven out of last ten matches, while Nadal has won eight. His loss to Andy Murray at Miami due to knee injury was a setback and we hope he holds on to his present state till the final and even wins it over as well.
Both Nadal and Simon have met five times before, with Nadal having an upper edge over Simon 4-1. Their last duel was at US Open 2010 when Nadal won over Simon 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
The match is scheduled for Saturday April 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM ET / 13:00 GMT
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