Nadal wins, Djokovic out in Monte Carlo

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MONACO (AP) Surprised at seeing rival Novak Djokovic go out of the Monte Carlo Masters after an error-strewn performance, defending champion Rafael Nadal acknowledged he enjoyed some luck in reaching the semifinals on Friday.

Quite an admission from the best player in clay-court history, who has won both this tournament and the French Open a record 11 times. But Nadal struggled against fellow left-hander Guido Pella, losing his first three service games to trail 4-1 before recovering to beat the unseeded Argentine 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Top-ranked Djokovic, who has won the tournament twice, earlier lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev and produced 47 unforced errors.

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,070
2 R. Nadal 8,725
3 A. Zverev 6,040
4 R. Federer 5,590
5 D. Thiem 4,765
6 K. Nishikori 4,200
7 K. Anderson 4,115
8 S. Tsitsipas 3,240
9 J. Del Potro 3,225
10 J. Isner 3,085
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1 N. Osaka 5,967
2 S. Halep 5,782
3 P. Kvitova 5,645
4 K. Pliskova 5,580
5 A. Kerber 5,220
6 E. Svitolina 5,020
7 K. Bertens 4,640
8 S. Stephens 4,386
9 A. Barty 4,275
10 A. Sabalenka 3,520
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