MADRID: Rafael Nadal blitzed France's Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to join fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the Madrid Masters semifinals and preserve his perfect claycourt record this season.
World number three Nadal, the 2005 champion here when it was played indoors, kept his clay record in 2010 at a spotless 13-0, with Masters 1000 titles at the only two tournaments he has completed so far, Monte Carlo and Rome.
The Spaniard improved to 6-1 over Monfils, whom he beat while carrying an abdominal injury at the US Open last autumn.
“I think I started playing really well the first set, it was very high intensity,” said Nadal. “In the second set the match got a little crazy.”
The results: Men: Quarterfinals: Nicolas Almagro bt Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1; Rafael Nadal bt Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-3.
Third round: David Ferrer bt Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2; Andy Murray bt Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-1; Roger Federer bt Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-1; Ernests Gulbis bt Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-6(0).
Doubles: Quarterfinals: L. Dlouhy and L. Paes bt N. Almagro and M. Lopez 2-6, 7-5, 10-3.
Women: Quarterfinals: Lucie Safarova bt Nadia Petrova 6-1, 1-6, 6-4; Venus Williams bt Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-3; Shahar Peer bt Li Na 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Third round: Jelena Jankovic bt Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-0; Aravane Rezai bt Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 7-6(8) . — ATP