Seven out of eight top players advance to quarterfinals in MC

No surprises with Nadal, Djokovic, Federer moving on to quarterfinals

Thursday, April 17, under a very pleasant Mediterranean sun top-seeded players battled in both center court and court of the Princes with 7 out of the 8 best qualifying for the quarterfinals. It all started with France’s favorite son Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who defeated temperamental Fabio Fognini in a problematic tight match in three sets. The French celebrated his 29th birthday by passing to the next round to confront World no. 4 wild-carded Swiss Roger Federer. World no. 1 Rafa Nadal registered a record of 300 tournaments on clay wins by dismissing Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3, having won his first clay-court match back in 2002 in his native Mallorca, and will meet countryman David Ferrer for a tough match with two clay specialists. Roger Federer did away with Czech Lukas Rosol in two sets in 57 minutes after said it “was a bit rocky” at the beginning but he managed to break back an aggressive opponent and sail through. The other top seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka had it even easier by having a walkover to the quarterfinals as Nicola Almagro withdrew due to a foot injury and will meet Canadian Milos Raonic next. Reigning champion Novak Djokovic claimed his 12th win in a row easily terminated lucky loser Pablo Carreno Busta in 47minutes of flawless tennis not even breaking a sweat, and will continue his favored draw by facing unseeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who joins the best of the best.

Results for Thursday, April 17

Singles – Third Round

  • [1] R Nadal (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 61 63
  • [2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) 60 61
  • [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [15] N Almagro (ESP) W/O (left foot)
  • [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 61
  • G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [5] T Berdych (CZE) 46 63 61
  • [6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) 64 62
  • [8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] T Robredo (ESP) 64 63
  • [9] J Tsonga (FRA) d [10] F Fognini (ITA) 57 63 60

Doubles – Second Round

  • [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 62 63
  • [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 67(6) 76(3) 10-7
  • M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 76(4) 64
  • [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 64 57 10-4
  • [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d [Alt] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 64 36 11-9

Order of play for Friday, April 18


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