Tennis

Nadal: I felt sorry for Monaco in win

NewsCore
Share This Story

   
 

Rafael Nadal said he felt sorry for Juan Monaco after he won 17 games in succession to coast into the French Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 demolition of the Argentine.

2012 French Open

2012 French Open

The defending champion, bidding to become the first man to capture seven Roland Garros singles titles, will tackle fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro for a place in the semifinals.

"He was unlucky in the first set and the score of 6-2 was too much. I felt sorry for him, he was suffering on court," Nadal said.

"I was sad for him. It's tough to accept that you are losing 6-0, 6-0."

Nadal, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday while title rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were struggling into the last eight, took his career record in Paris to 49-1.

Monaco, the 13th seed, went into Monday's match with solid claycourt form under his belt, having captured titles in Vina del Mar and Houston this year.

But he had lost all three previous clay meetings against Nadal, claiming just 10 games in the process, and the 28-year-old was swept aside again by the champion in just one hour and 46 minutes on Suzanne Lenglen court.

Nadal will start his quarterfinal as comfortable favorite as he leads Almagro 7-0 in their series.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Tennis Videos

Nadal on back problems, loss to Wawrinka Posted: Jan 27, 2014
Rafael Nadal explains the injury he experienced during the Australian Open loss.

Roddick recaps Aussie Open Posted: Jan 27, 2014
Find out if Andy Roddick thinks Stanislas Wawrinka is the real deal and how long...

Serena Williams upset at Australian Open Posted: Jan 19, 2014
Top-seeded Serena Williams reflects on her early exit from the Australian Open.

Fox Sports Store