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Nadal eases into Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals

Thursday - 4/17/2014, 9:30am  ET

AP Sports Writer

MONACO (AP) -- Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal had little trouble reaching the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.

Having looked a little rusty in the second round on Wednesday, where he trailed 3-1 against Teymuraz Gabashvili, the Spaniard was more clinical this time and raced into a 4-0 lead.

The top-seeded Nadal was only briefly troubled in the second set when Seppi broke him to love to pull back to 4-3 down. But Seppi could not hold and Nadal served out the match.

He next faces sixth-seeded David Ferrer or No. 12 Grigor Dimitrov.

Nadal won the tournament eight times in succession before losing last year's final to Novak Djokovic.

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