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Nadal, Federer in third round

Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have rushed into the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters, with both posting quick opening victories.

Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in smothering any upset hopes of Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who got off to a shock 3-1 lead before Spain's king of clay reeled him in for a 6-4, 6-1 success.

Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters 1000 event that he has never won, delivered a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing to fellow veteran Radek Stepanek.

Federer's rout in 52 minutes was seven minutes longer than another easy victory by holder Novak Djokovic a day earlier.

"On clay, when you have the upper hand from the baseline, it's kind of hard to get out of it," Federer said.

"I think that's how it was for Radek today. I had a good start to both sets, then I was solid on my own service games.

"The next thing you know, you're in the lead and you can hit freely."

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