Grigor Dimitrov has given a reason for his 57 minute mauling by Rafael Nadal on Thursday.

The world number 17 bowed out of the Monte Carlo Masters in stunning fashion, losing 6-1, 6-1 to 11-time champion Nadal.

Many questioned Dimitrov’s attitude in the straight-set mauling, but he was quick to provide some context post-match.

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As per Metro journalist George Bellshaw, Dimitrov has complained of a dental issue that has stopped him from sleeping and eating lately.

Bellshaw tweeted: “Grigor Dimitrov says he’s been struggling with a ‘massive tooth problem’ over the last few days after his Monte Carlo defeat to Rafael Nadal.

“Has not been sleeping or eating well and says ‘straight to the doctors, unfortunately’.”

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Nadal found it easy against Dimitrov

The scary thing about Nadal’s victory on the clay was that he didn’t even have to play that well.

The Spaniard didn’t face a single break point on his serve, and seemed to break Dimitrov at ease.

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Nadal will face the winner of Andrey Rublev and Roberto Bautista-Agut on Friday – in what should be a tougher challenge.

It is very early days in the clay court season – but Nadal is already looking pretty unstoppable.

It will take a huge effort for anyone to stop him winning a 12th Monte Carlo title.

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