Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal moved one game closer to what would surely be a classic final at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Masters, both winning in straight sets to advance to the semifinals on Day 6 of the tournament Friday. The world's No. 1 and No. 2 players have dropped just one set between them on their way to the semis.
Djokovic made relatively easy work of Robin Haase, despite learning of the death of his grandfather just one day before the match. He let Haase come back from down 4-1 to tie the first set, but won the second two games before taking the second set 6-2 for the match. Afterwards, Djokovic said that his experience in tennis allowed him to overcome his grief.
"Over the years, I've learned whenever I play tennis to kind of switch off from everything else," Djokovic said. "You get that mindset and that ability to switch off when you dedicate a lot of time to this sport."
Nadal had a little more difficulty against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. He was broken in the eighth game of the first set, and fell behind 5-4 in the ninth after Wawinka served set point. Nadal won the next three games to close out the set, however, before taking the second set 6-4 for the match. Nadal improved to 8-0 all-time against Wawrinka.
Djokovic will head to the semis to face Thomas Berdych, a three-set winner over the third-seeded Andy Murray. Berdych dropped the first set 6-7(4) but went on to win the final two sets handily, 6-3, 6-2. Nadal will take on the ninth-seeded Gilles Simon, a 7-5, 6-4 winner over fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
You can check out the draw and stay up to date with the latest results at the official site of the 2012 Monte-Carlo Masters.
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