Nadal advances; Murray falls
MONACO -- Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 Thursday, while second-ranked Andy Murray was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.
Murray dropped serve five times and made a number of unforced errors. He lasted less than an hour against the 13th-seeded Wawrinka, who had won their two only previous meetings on clay.Murray was jeered off the court.
"Just looked at the stats ... 24 unforced errors is far too many. That's a set's worth. That's where half the points went," a despondent Murray said. "I hope that's not going to be the case over the next five, six weeks. I've had tough losses on the clay before and I've come back well from them. Hopefully today will be the same."Earlier, Nadal dispatched Kohlschreiber without facing a single break point. The Spaniard will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.
Nadal clipped a forehand winner past Kohlschreiber to break and held at love to move up 5-3 in the second set. He served out the match, clinching victory when the German scooped a backhand into the net."He's playing well," Nadal said. "He's able to play very well, very aggressive, very good technique. He's [a] complete player."
Djokovic skipped with delight after the 14th-seeded Monaco sent a return long on match point. The Serb had twisted his right ankle on Davis Cup duty against the United States a little less than two weeks ago and had been doubtful to play at Monte Carlo, where he lost to Nadal in last year's final.Djokovic had a lengthy chat with a trainer at the end of the first set and decided to keep playing. He went up a break early in the second set and held for 3-0. He'll play either fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro or Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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