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Nadal sweeps into quarter-finals
Friday 16, Apr 2010

A blistering performance from Rafael Nadal saw him sweep past Michael Berrer into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters. The number two seed took just 55 minutes to cruise through 6-0 6-1, just missing out on the first double-bagel result of his career when Berrer won the sixth game of the second set. It is the first time the Spaniard, who defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-1 6-0 yesterday, has dropped only one game in back-to-back tour-level matches. Nadal will face compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero, who battled to a 6-1 3-6 7-5 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Ferrero was solid throughout the match against the big-serving Frenchman, who racked up eight aces. The number five seed saved a match point at 5-4 down in the second set with a fabulous backhand down the line but Ferrero's consistency paid off. Top seed Novak Djokovic also enjoyed routine progress to the last eight as he overcame Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-4. Djokovic broke twice in each set and had an overall first-serve percentage of 70% - though his game was not entirely fluent and he was himself broken once in each set. Nevertheless, he proceeds to a clash with Argentina's David Nalbandian, who comfortably dispatched 12th seed Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-4. There is set to be another all-Spanish quarter-final with Albert Montanes pitted against Fernando Verdasco. The unseeded Montanes upset number four seed Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4. The Croatian seemed on the verge of pulling off an unlikely comeback when he fought back from 5-1 down in the second set but it was to prove too much for him. Montanes will now be searching for his first victory in four attempts against Verdasco after the number six seed saw off Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-3 6-2 in just over two-and-a-half hours. Berdych had to call for treatment several times on his right ankle and the Spaniard slowly took a grip on the match, although the last two sets were closer than the scoreboard suggests. Meanwhile, despite a brave fightback, Ivan Ljubicic was dumped out the tournament by 11th seed David Ferrer. The Spaniard triumphed 6-0 7-6 (7/4) over the number eight seed and will face Andy Murray's conqueror Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Philipp Petzschner 6-3 6-4.

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