Nadal leads Spaniards into Roland Garros quarterfinals

published: Jun, 04, 2012

by: Nima Naderi

Roland Garros—Paris, France

Defending champion Rafael Nadal won 17 games in a row during his fourth-round contest at the French Open on Monday, defeating good friend and Argentine Juan Monaco, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

In match that was utterly dominated by the Spaniard, Nadal struck 25 winners to 13 unforced errors, while breaking Monaco’s serve on eight occasions. Never losing a match on clay to Monaco, Nadal improved to 49-1 at the event and will next face countryman Nicolas Almagro for a place in the semifinals. Almagro defeated No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Almagro, who won in Nice and Brazil earlier this year, is riding an eight match winning streak.

Nadal leads Almagro 7-0 in the pair’s career head-to-head.

Elsewhere, No. 6 seed David Ferrer roared into the final eight after trouncing Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.

Ferrer, who is looking to reach the semifinals at the French Open for the first time in his career, will next face Andy Murray. The Scot fought past Richard Gasquet, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

In matches carried over from Sunday because of darkness, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga closed out Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 and Juan Martin del Potro overcame Tomas Berdych, 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Tsonga will next face Novak Djokovic and del Potro will take on Roger Federer.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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