Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov in a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 match at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday, continuing an impressive run in the tournament.
Nadal is showing his usual dominance on clay, only losing five games in his first two matches so far, he will now meet Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.
However, it was Dimitrov’s poor performance against Nadal which shaped the match, which took only 55 minutes, and the Bulgarian admitted afterwards it was down to intense tooth ache.
“I’ve been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days. I have like a big infection of my tooth,” Dimitrov said.
“It’s been hard. I haven’t been able to sleep well or eat well or anything like that. It’s time to put an end to it.
“I was bearing it for a while this whole week,” Dimitrov said. “Straight to the doctor’s, unfortunately. Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is.
“At least I’m glad it happened on a home soil, at home, so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible.”
Dimitrov was quick to point out that trying to play Nadal on clay is hard enough without feeling unwell.
“I don’t [think] there was a match to be played today,” Dimitrov said.
“He is who he is on the clay. If you don’t do the necessary things against him, then obviously you don’t stand a chance.”
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