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.
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’.”
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.
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.