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Nadal, Djokovic breeze into Monte Carlo quarters

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Rafael Nadal is seeking his 12th win in Monte Carlo. Photo: Twitter

Monte Carlo: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal met little resistence on their way into the ATP Monte-Carlo Masters quarterfinals here on Thursday.

The 11-time champion Nadal, who overcame Dimitrov at this event in 2013 and 2018, broke serve on four occasions to defeat the Bulgarian 6-4, 6-1 on Thursday and advance to his 15th quarter-final in the Principality.

Nadal improves to 12-1 in his head-to-head series against Dimitrov, which includes an unbeaten 5-0 record on clay.

“I felt good. I think that the first set was a high-quality set of tennis,” Nadal said.

“The second set [there] were a little bit more mistakes and the wind was even [greater] later in the match. The wind is for both of us, and of course always have an impact. That’s what happen when you play outdoors. These things are part of the game and just try to be ready for it… You have to adapt. You have to find solutions.”

World No. 1 Djokovic advanced to his ninth Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-final on Thursday, beating American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-0.

The World No. 1, who claimed his 850th tour-level victory on Tuesday, converted six of 10 break points en route to a 68-minute win. Djokovic now owns 15 victories from 18 tour-level encounters this season.