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Nadal, Tsonga to meet in semifinals

Updated: April 19, 2013, 2:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Rafael Nadal edged Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Friday to win his 45th straight match at the Monte Carlo Masters and reach the semifinals.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had less trouble with Jarkko Nieminen, beating the Finnish veteran 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic won despite a balky right ankle, which the Serb twisted two weeks ago during a Davis Cup match against the United States.

"I didn't feel the ankle was bothering me today," Djokovic said. "We played a lot of long rallies. ...

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