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Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer cruise in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal racked up his 300th career claycourt win to reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday where he was joined by longtime rivals Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, and Roger Federer. World number one Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his landmark 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi while Djokovic cruised past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Federer saw off Czech Lukas Rosol.

Tennis: Cibulkova romps into quarters in Malaysia

Top seed Dominika Cibulkova stormed past Hsieh Su-Wei on Thursday at the BMW Malaysian Open for her WTA-leading 22nd match win of the year, passing Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska. Cibulkova, who is the Slovakian world number 10, came out like a house on fire as she stormed through the first set despite another rain-delayed day. Just like in her first round match against Turkey's Pemra Ozgen, she had a slight hiccup, allowing Taiwan's tennis hero Hsieh to win two games in a row to make it 2-2.

Tennis: Nadal earns 300th clay win, Federer strolls

World number one Rafael Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his 300th career victory on clay and advance into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. He was joined in the last-eight by defending champion Novak Djokovic who eased past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer who spent just 57 minutes in going past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1 to next line up against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nadal beats Seppi in Monte Carlo for 300th career win on clay

International Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday at the Monte Carlo Masters, adding career win No. 300 on clay to his record book. Nadal needed one hour and 13 minutes to beat Seppi at the Monte Carlo Country Club, where he has won 50 matches over his career and is seeking his ninth title. The Spanish world No. 1's next opponent will be countryman David Ferrer, the 2011 finalist in Monte Carlo and a 6-4, 6-2 winner on Thursday over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Tennis: Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory

Top seed Rafael Nadal finished with a clean ace on match point to seal his 300th career victory on clay and advance into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. The eight-time winner here became just the 11th man to crack 300 wins on the dirt: the last to do so was Spaniard Carlos Moya in 2007. Nadal began his formidable run on the surface with his first clay win in 2002 and has not looked back since. At the top of the all-time table in the victory category is Argentine Guillernmo Vilas, who ended his career standing 644-183 on the surface.

Tennis: Monte Carlo Masters results - 1st update

Results on the fifth day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 3rd rd Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x11) 6-4, 6-3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) walkover, injured foot Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-3 afp

Tennis: Monte Carlo Masters results

Results on the fifth day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 3rd rd Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x11) 6-4, 6-3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 afp

Tennis: Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka earned a free trip into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday when Spain's Nicolas Almagro retired before their third-round match with a foot injury. Australian Open winner Wawrinka, seeded third, will Friday face off against Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic, who beat 11th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3. Wawrinka has beaten Raonic in both of their previous meetings, in 2012 and 2013 on hardcourt. Almagro said he was unable to walk after waking with pain in his foot.

Tennis:Grand Slam winning trio ease into Masters third round

Grand Slam winning trio Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka all looked in sublime form as they progressed to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with straight set victories on Wednesday. Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in beating Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili, who held a shock 3-1 lead early on, 6-4, 6-1. Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters event that he has never won, looked in top shape as he romped to a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of talented Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in 52 minutes.

Tennis: Impending birth could see Federer miss French Open

Former men's tennis world number one Roger Federer hinted on Wednesday the upcoming birth of another child for him and wife Mirka Vavrinec could prevent him playing in the French Open next month. While the family have kept all details of the birth a tight secret - the actual date has never been revealed - the father of four-year-old twins said his family life would take precedence over any tennis match.
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