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Ramos-Vinolas beats Pouille to reach Monte Carlo final

Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Lucas Pouille 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters final on Saturday.

Although the 15th-seeded Ramos Vinolas has never previously reached a Masters final and has won only one career title, he has good credentials on clay, having got to the French Open quarterfinals last year. The 29-year-old Spaniard plays either defending champion Rafael Nadal or 10th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium, who play later Saturday.

The semifinal saw two players who made significant breakthroughs last year, with the 23-year-old Pouille reaching Grand Slam quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Pouille had won their only previous match two years...