Defending champion Rafael Nadal beats David Goffin 6-3, 6-1 to move within one more win of the Monte Carlo Masters title and first of the season on Saturday.
Nadal will play 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an all-Spanish final after the latter beat Lucas Pouille of France 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Although the score suggests a comfortable win for Nadal, Goffin’s momentum was halted by a controversial decision by chair umpire Cedric Mourier in the sixth game.
Nadal’s celebrations were muted after he clinched victory on his third match point and he sympathetically hugged Goffin at the net.
Nadal is through to his fourth final of the season. He lost the other three, two of them to Roger Federer, including at the Australian Open.