World number one Rafael Nadal continued his dominance on clay this morning in Monte Carlo by defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
Nadal wasted little time in his match with Seppi, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and never looking back. The Spaniard, who has won this tournament eight times in his career, notched his 300th career victory on clay surface, a feat accomplished by only 11 other players in the Open Era.
The number one ranked player in the world experience very little hiccups in his Round of 16 battle with Seppi, converting all five of his break points and winning 82% of his first serve points.
Nadal won this event each year from 2005-2012 but had that streak come to an end last year when he lost in the finals to Novak Djokovic. He now awaits the winner of fellow Spain native David Ferrer and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.
In other action down in Monte Carlo, Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka advanced into the quarterfinals after Nicholas Almagro was forced to pull out of the match with a left foot injury. Wawrinka now moves on to face off with the Canadian Milos Raonic, who defeated Tommy Robredo in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga used a dominant third set to dispose of Italy’s Fabio Fognini 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, and will face off against the winner of Roger Federer and Lukas Rosol, who were playing on center court later today.