Tennis: Nadal earns 300th clay win, Federer strolls through
Published on Apr 17, 2014 11:59 PM
MONTE CARLO (AFP) - 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, the eight-time winner in Monte Carlo, became just the 11th man to crack 300 wins on clay - the last to do so was Spaniard Carlos Moya, who ended his career in 2007 with 337 victories.
The Spaniard said he felt an improvement in his play in his 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi, with the victory taking him into another meeting with compatriot David Ferrer.
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