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Nadal will play with Monfils in the semis of Stuttgart

The Spanish Rafael Nadal (N.1) surpassed the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Tournament by defeating the Australian Bernard Tomic and will play for a place in the final against the Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Nadal, in his first tournament after being eliminated in the Roland Garros quarterfinals by Serbian Novak Djokovic, won in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8) and 6-3.

In his transition to grass with his sights set on Wimbledon, it was a second day of hard work for the Spaniard. He needed two hours and 20 minutes to defeat Tomic, while to eliminate the Cypriot Marco Baghdatis the day before he went until 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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Top seed in Stuttgart and tenth player in the ATP after failing to defend his title at Roland Garros 2015, he started off on the right foot this Friday against Tomic, scoring the first set 6-4.

The second set was a beautiful battle that was decided in the tie break, with a double fault from Nadal, which made it 8-6 for Tomic.

But the winner of 14 Grand Slams was superior again in the third, in which he led 4-1 before winning 6-3 with his second match point, and thus preserving his unbeaten record against the Australian (three wins).

The nine-time Roland Garros winner, who triumphed in Stuttgart in 2005 and 2007 when the tournament was played on clay, will now face Monfils, with whom he has a favorable record of 10 wins for 2 losses.

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Before the Frenchman, a player who usually proclaims his lack of love for the grass, was convincing against the local Philipp Kohlschreiber, a tough opponent who had beaten him in Halle-2011.

The other two semifinalists will come from the duels between the Croatian Marin Cilic (N.2) and the German Misha Zverev, on the one hand, and the Serbian Viktor Troicki (N.8) and the Australian Sam Groth, on the other.

The Stuttgart Tournament, Wimbledon preparatory, is held on grass and distributes 574,965 euros in prizes.

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