Definitions stage. With the elimination of Serbian Novak Djokovic (1st) against Briton Daniel Evans (33rd) in the round of 16 in Monte-Carlo, Rafael Nadal (3rd) appears as the top favorite to be crowned in the contest that he already knew how to win 11 times. You will not have an easy stop: his rival in the quarterfinals will be Andrey Rublev (8th), who has just achieved a great victory against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (11th).
Nadal, the King of clay, reached the quarterfinals in the Principality after beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (17th) by a resounding 6-1 and 6-1. Let us remember that in his debut in the tournament, the manacorí had beaten Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-1 and 6-2. In front you will not have an opponent at all accessible: Rublev, who comes from obtaining a remarkable victory against Bautista after defeating him 7-6 (2), 5-7 and 6-3, will seek to access his first semifinal in this tournament.
Let us remember that both players have two antecedents, with a favorable record for the Spaniard who won both times: the quarterfinals of the US Open 2017 and in the round robin of the Nitto ATP Finals 2020. The meeting will take place in the last turn of the Rainier III court (around 11:30 am in Argentina) and can be seen on the ESPN screen and on the ESPN Play platform.
On the other side of the key, Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) and Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (58th) will face each other for a place in the semifinals. The Greek comes from leaving the Chilean Cristian Garín (24 °) on the road by 6-3 and 6-4, while the Iberian did the same against Lucas Pouille (86 °) by 6-2 and 7-6 (2) . It will be the first meeting between the two players, who will seek to reach the semifinals for the first time in their careers.