Monte Carlo Masters: Novak Djokovic shocked by Daniil Medvedev

Nadal imperiously won a year ago without conceding more than four games in a set.

Nadal will face either Borna Coric or Fabio Fognini on Saturday in the last four, yet there will be no hoped-for final with Novak Djokovic after the Serb lost to Daniil Medvedev 3-6 6-4 2-6. "But I found a way at the right time", world number two Nadal said.

The Serb, who has won the last three Grand Slam events and could conclude a personal sweep with another title at Roland Garros in June, feels that all he needs is more court time and some extra polish.

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I trained well, I am confident because I reached the Doha Open semifinals on hard, I won in Buenos Aires without dropping off a set, then I played so and so in Indian Wells and Miami.

The victor totalled less than half of the 47 unforced errors which came off the Djokovic racquet in the two-hour, 20-minute struggle in windy conditions.

"It was a very tough match", Nadal said.

"He's got a very solid backhand". "Luckily I was able to come back (from 4-1 down) in the first set".

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"I was lucky at 4-1, he had two points to be 5-1 and with 5-1 it's nearly impossible".

"It was very important for me to finish in two sets", Nadal said.

"I was lucky to escape, I'm happy to be through".

He served for the match leading 5-2 in the second only to drop serve again, but recovered to take the win as Pella double-faulted.

The 23-year-old is one of the brightest young players in the game and his win over Djokovic ensured his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.

Medvedev will next face another Serb in Dusan Lajovic, who followed up his shock win over world number five Dominic Thiem with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego.

Medvedev totalled less than half of the 47 unforced errors which came off the Djokovic racquet in a three-set tussle in windy conditions.

"He played worse than before and I am gaining more experience", Medvedev said.

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