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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.

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: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: Nadal, Federer rush to victories in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer rushed into the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, with both posting quick opening victories. Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in smothering any upset hopes of Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who got off to a shock 3-1 lead before Spain's king of clay reeled him in for a 6-4, 6-1 success. Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters 1000 event that he has never won, delivered a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing to fellow veteran Radek Stepanek.

Tennis: Federer delivers crushing victory over Stepanek

Roger Federer delivered a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing to fellow veteran Radek Stepanek as the fourth seed powered through his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. Federer's rout in 52 minutes was seven minutes longer than another easy victory by holder Novak Djokovic a day earlier. "I was able to get a lot of returns back into play," said Federer. "On clay, when you have the upper hand from the baseline, it's kind of hard to get out of it.

Tennis: Federer back as Nadal seeks ninth Monte Carlo title

Roger Federer returns to the Monte Carlo Masters starting on Sunday with a mission to try and topple king of clay Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard seeks an unprecedented ninth title in the principality. Federer, his season taking flight and his ranking back to a more-than-respectable world number four, last competed at the optional Masters in 2011, when he was shuttled out in a quarter-final surprise by Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Tennis: Claycourt titles factfile

Claycourt title factfiles ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters which begins on Sunday: Rafael Nadal Career titles: 62 Career clay titles: 43 Roger Federer Career titles: 78 Career clay titles: 10 Novak Djokovic Career titles: 43 Career clay titles: 8 Andy Murray Career titles: 28 Career clay titles: 0 Note: Murray not playing in Monte Carlo afp

Tennis: Nadal still king in claycourt game of thrones

It's not quite mission impossible, but the first shots in the battle to dethrone Rafael Nadal as French Open champion are about to be fired in the upmarket surrounds of the Monte Carlo Country Club. These skirmishes follow a similar pattern each year. Nadal will usually win at least three claycourt tour events in the European spring, surviving the odd scare, on his way to another familiar Sunday afternoon of crowning glory on the crushed red brick surface of Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal is the best known Spanish athlete around the world

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Tennis star Rafael Nadal is the best known Spanish athlete around the world, achieving greater recognition than Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol and Iker Casillas, Spanish marketing firm Personality Media said in a report. Nadal, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who has won a record eight French Open titles, had an average 75 percent recognition rate in a survey done in the United States, Australia, Russia, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
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