There was no match in the third match on the Campo Cenrale in Montecarlo. Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov for the third time in a row on these fields. After the victories of 2018 and 2019 (where he lost 5 games), he imposed himself even more clearly: 6-1 6-1 in 55 minutes.
It is the second fastest victory for him in the Principality: the first is the one obtained in 54 minutes against Barrere in 2010. In general, however, it is only the second time that he has managed to finish under the hour of play on these fields.
Today he had to do very little: Dimitrov thought about making a mistake. The Bulgarian, who won only one match out of 15 played against the eleven-time Monte Carlo champion, knew he had very little chance of winning, but after an uphill start he "dissolved", having no intention of trying to stay in the match.
Rafael Nadal claimed during his press conference on Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine was the world's only option to restore some semblance of normalcy.
Rafael Nadal on everyone's responsibility as human beings
In that context, Rafael Nadal revealed during his post-match interview on Wednesday that he would readily get vaccinated himself whenever he was eligible to do so.
"If I am given this chance, I will be vaccinated," Nadal said. The Spaniard asserted that the energy in the stadium was 'different' this year, and highlighted how the presence of spectators helps him maintain his intensity in challenging matches.
"It's really difficult to keep the same intensity without the public," Nadal said. "The audience helps you keep staying full. In fact, you constantly want to show him that you are in good shape. The energy is different, especially in situations like today where I had the game more or less under control.
Tomorrow I will have a very difficult opponent, I will have to be 100% all the time." Daniil Medvedev tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, which forced him to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters. The Russian had also been in direct contact with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic just prior to his test, bringing both the legends under the scanner too.
But if Nadal and Djokovic end up testing negative for the virus, they would get a significant rankings assist by Medvedev's exit from the tournament. In particular, Nadal now has a great chance to take back the World No. 2 ranking - which he had lost to the Russian a few weeks ago.