Semifinal #1:  Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs.  Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Pouille won their only previous encounter; however, that was on hard court. Ramos-Vinolas won their only encounter on clay in the deciding set, but that was not on Tour. I expected this match would be a battle and nerves would be a major factor as each was hoping to get to their first Masters final. They traded breaks early as they tried to settle their nerves and then Ramos-Vinolas found his game and broke again to win the first set. The second set was very competitive; however, as it drew to a close, Ramos-Vinolas felt the mounting pressure and lost his calm and his serve. This would be his third consecutive match that went to three sets and if he wanted to get to his first Masters final he would have to win it. Unfortunately a back injury hampered his opponent and it was a very easy set for the Spaniard. He won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and will contest his first Masters final tomorrow.
Semifinal #2:  Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs.  David Goffin (BEL)
This was the first meeting between these two and Goffin started off the match the same way he started his match against Novak Djokovic; he broke early and looked to be in total control of the first set. Unfortunately a horrendous call from the umpire would upset Goffin and completely change the tone of the match. He never regained his equilibrium and lost his game from that point on. Nadal started to play much better, sending his shots deeper in the court as he grew in confidence and turned the set around. The second set was a total disaster for Goffin and Nadal won it easily and the match 6-3, 6-1. He is still on track to win his tenth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title.
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