Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (Sports Network) - World No. 1 star Novak
Djokovic and eight-time reigning champion Rafael Nadal reached the
quarterfinals, while second seed Andy Murray was a third-round upset victim
Thursday at the $3.465 Monte Carlo Masters, the third ATP Masters 1000 event
of the year.
The two-time Monte Carlo runner-up Djokovic, who has been nursing an ankle
injury suffered during some Davis Cup action a couple weeks ago, came from
behind to beat gritty 14th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, while
the third-seeded former No. 1 Nadal won his 44th straight match on the red
clay at the famed Monte Carlo Country Club with a 6-2, 6-4 handling of
16th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The Australian Open champion Djokovic awaits the Juan Martin del Potro-Jarkko
This prestigious tennis event, which dates all the way back to 1897, has been
captured the last eight years by the great Nadal, who topped Djokovic in
last year's marquee finale. Last year's final also marked a rematch
of the 2009 title match, which was also won by the clay-court king
Nadal, who is now 46-1 lifetime at this event, owns a record 22 Masters
titles overall. The seven-time French Open champion's quarterfinal
opponent on Friday will be talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Meanwhile, playing on least-favorite surface, the U.S. Open champion Murray
was tattooed by 13th-seeded Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2 on Day
Also on Thursday, Italian Fabio Fognini upset fourth-seeded former Wimbledon
runner-up Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2, sixth-seeded French favorite Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga whipped veteran Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-0 and
seventh-seeded French star Richard Gasquet doused ninth-seeded Croat Marin
Cilic 7-5, 6-4.
The aforementioned Dimitrov secured his berth in the quarters by besting
German Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-4.
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