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Rafael Nadal gets past Richard Gasquet in Monte-Carlo

By Gokul Pillai    + Follow

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Keywords: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters | Rafael-Nadal | Richard-Gasquet | Tommy-Robredo | Viktor-Troicki
Rafael Nadal gets past Richard Gasquet in Monte-Carlo
Rafael Nadal kept his winners coming at crucial points as he defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

 

Rafael Nadal displayed his number one game as he kept Richard Gasquet at bay. The Spaniard took care of charging Gasquet with his penetrating backhand passing strokes. The Frenchman was unable to hold up to the pressure as he ended up getting broken twice in the game. Nadal consolidated with ease as he served 71% of his first serves in court, served first ace and clobbered 14 winners to take the first set 6-2.

Nadal continued to hold his service games with ease, but then the Frenchman also kept the score levelled till 3-3 after which both the players exchanged quick breaks of serve. Nadal had the upper hand in the whole match except for a few games in the second set. He kept the pressure mounting on Gasquet with his perfect forehands after crucial rallies. Nadal kept 66% of his first serves in, served 3 aces and hammered 33 winners to take the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. He will be facing Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia in the quarterfinals. The Croat defeated Tomas Berdych at a scoreline of 6-4, 6-2.

In another pre-quarter final match, Tommy Robredo had a disastrous end to his match as he had to pull out due to an injury. Victor Troicki proceeded to the quarterfinals as the score stood at 6-3, 1-2 with Robredo in the lead.

 

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