Rafael Nadal ready to crack the 10 barrier in Barcelona

While it did not turn out that way, the result might have been different but for a controversial decision from chair umpire Cedric Mourier.

"It has been an wonderful week on one of the most important events on the tour". This was clay and on clay, it's very easy to see where the ball leaves a mark on the dirt. The Hawkeye system, which is not being used by officials on clay, showed the ball was long.

The number of Monte Carlo finals now contested by Nadal. Goffin won the next point for advantage again, but wasted it.

Goffin had lost all previous five matches to Djokovic and looked to heading for another when the 12-time Grand Slam victor led 4-2 in the decider. "I never expected anything like this week to happen to me (wins over Andy Murray and Marin Cilic)".

Rafael Nadal added more milestones to the career ledger on Sunday when he soared past fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monaco.

"This is really unbelievable", said Nadal of his Monte Carlo win.

But a sloppy unforced error on forehand gave Goffin another chance, and he took it with a deep forehand right on the line that Djokovic swiped back off balance into the net. He was just playing his match. "I need to play better than today, obviously". The booing resumed and Goffin refused to shake the referee's hand. Nadal said. "That's why there is an umpire there". "He's a very nice guy". I don't know what to do about it. But I thought as the match progressed I was feeling okay.

The crown is the first of the season for Bopanna and Cuevas pair and the third for the Indian.

He said: "It was a attractive tournament".

"I'm very, very excited".

"I have to keep working in that direction".

"Then that unfortunate game when I dropped my serve, the match turned around".

"I know that I had to defend nearly all my points at this beginning of the season", Nadal said.

The other semifinal will feature 11th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille and 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. It was the pair's third FedEx ATP Head to Head meeting (Nadal leads 3-0), following on from victories in 2013 and 2014 at Barcelona.

He has now amassed 50 clay titles during his career, overtaking Vilas on the all-time list of clay court victories to confirm his status as the most successful player on the surface in history. Djokovic had also struggled in the previous two rounds against Gilles Simon and Pablo Carreno Busta, at Monte Carlo.

  • Julie Sanders