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Nadal, Wawrinka through to next round in Monte Carlo

Nadal, Wawrinka through to next round in Monte Carlo
By Reuters

13/04/2016 at 13:33Updated 13/04/2016 at 15:05

Rafael Nadal eased past Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-3 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal, an eight-time champion in Monte Carlo, was broken once in each set but his superior quality prevailed as he won in just over 80 minutes.

The nine-time French Open winner now faces 12th seed Dominic Thiem in the next round.

Thiem, who beat Nadal when they met at the semi-final stage of Beunos Aires Open back in February, came from a set down to beat qualifier Taro Daniel 4-6 6-2 6-0.

Earlier, Stan Wawrinka overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(2) 7-5 to also secure safe passage to the next round.

"It's never easy to find the rhythm and to play the perfect match. In general, I'm quite happy with the level already."

RESULTS FROM THE MONTE CARLO MASTERS MEN'S SINGLES ROUND 2 MATCHES

4-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 7-6(2) 7-5

5-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Aljaz Bedene (Britain) 6-3 6-3

Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) beat 6-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-7(1) 6-3

12-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 4-6 6-2 6-0

16-Benoit Paire (France) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-4 6-3

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