Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(3) on Saturday to set up a repeat of last year’s final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

He will go for his fourth title of the season against Djokovic, who easily beat the unseeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-1.

The results: Semifinals: Rafael Nadal bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(3); Novak Djokovic bt Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1. Quarterfinal: Novak Djokovic bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3. - AP

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