Rafael Nadal experienced an easy day at the office in the Monte Carlo third round, defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. It was Nadal's 391st Masters 1000 victory and the 73rd from 78 Monte Carlo encounters, dominating from start to finish and continuing where he left against Federico Delbonis to sail into the last eight.
Rafa lost 26 points overall and stormed over the rival with five breaks, losing only eight points behind the initial shot to emerge at the top in under an hour. Nadal grabbed the 14th victory in 15 matches against the Bulgarian, hitting with depth and control at one of his favorite courts to remain on the title course.
Nadal won 28 out of 41 points in the opener, barely losing a point behind the initial shot and delivering two breaks for a massive advantage in under half an hour. Rafa hit five winners and three unforced errors, building his game around Grigor's errors and drawing 13 in the unforced segment.
Rafael Nadal ousted Grigor Dimitrov in 55 minutes in Monte Carlo.
In the first game, the Spaniard held at love with a forehand down the line winner and broke a few minutes later after Grigor's three double faults! Rafa secured the third game with a service winner and opened a 4-0 gap when Dimitrov sprayed a forehand mistake, using his opponent's five double faults so far for a massive lead.
The Spaniard placed a forehand winner for a 5-0 advantage in 18 minutes and sealed the opener nine minutes later with a service winner at 5-1. Dimitrov opened the second set with a wild forehand and placed a backhand wide to offer Nadal a break.
The 11-time winner confirmed the advantage with a hold at 15 and produced another break following Grigor's wild forehand that landed meters away from the court. The Bulgarian looked without a single atom of energy to help him fight against such a mighty opponent, although he broke his racquet after that point to at least show some emotion.
The Spaniard closed the fourth game with an ace and had a chance to grab another break in the next one. Suddenly, Grigor claimed four straight points to bring the game home and avoid a bagel. Returning at 5-1, Rafa moved over the top with a forehand down the line to set the quarter-final clash against Andrey Rublev.