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Monte Carlo Masters (Day 5) – Stan sends Murray packing; Nadal, Djokovic advance

Monte Carlo Masters (Day 5) – Stan sends Murray packing; Nadal, Djokovic advance

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo masters with an easy victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Australia. The Spaniard looked fresher than the past editions and is so keen to win his favorite masters title after his comeback from a seven month long injury. He defeated Kohlschreiber in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in just 81 minutes and will face Bulgarian sensation Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile Dimitrov defeated German Florian Mayer in the same score margin in just 67 minutes.

World No.1 and last year’s runner-up Novak Djokovic also reached the quarterfinals with yet another “ordinary” performance. The Serb, who got injured during his country’s Davis Cup tie against USA, was declared fit to play but he is yet to overcome fully and has played tough three-setters in the past two rounds. He got past Argentine Juan Monaco with a 4-6, 6-2,6-2victory and will face Jarkko Nieminen in the last eight.

Swiss No.2 Stanislas Wawrinka produced the biggest upset of the day when he knocked out World No.2 Andy Murray in the third round. The 13th seed won 6-1, 6-2 and will face 6th seed Tsonga in the next round. With this loss, Murray will go down to No.2 in the ranking while Roger Federer will go up to the second place. One more upset came when 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro was sent packing by Jarkko Nieminen. The Finn won a tough encounter with a victory in the third set tie-break. In another match, 7th seed Richard Gasquet defeated 9th seed Marin Cilic and will face Italian Fabio Fognini who defeated 4th seed Tomas Berdych.

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