Wawrinka stuns Murray; Tsonga eases past Melzer;Fognini defeats Berdych to move into the last eight
Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 in the third round.
The third-seeded Nadal did not face a single break point and next faces Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced with a clinical 6-3, 6-0 win against Jurgen Melzer, breaking the Austrian player four times, and fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych lost 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fabio Fognini.
Tsonga did not concede a single break point and took a little under one hour to win, setting up a quarterfinal against No. 13 Stanislas Wawrinka, who stunned second-seeded Andy Murray, defeating him in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
A semi-finalist last year, Berdych, who had to recover from a break down in each set in the previous round to move past Spaniard Marcel Granollers, again struggled with his serve at the first big claycourt event of the season.
The Czech was broken four times overall and barely managed to unsettle the 32nd-ranked Fognini, who also beat him in the first round here in 2009.
Fognini will next face seventh seed Richard Gasquet of France or Marin Cilic, seeded nine, in the quarter-finals.
World number one Novak Djokovic, who is playing despite an ankle injury, was scheduled to meet Juan Monaco of Argentina.Agencies