Federer, Nadal advance at Monte Carlo

April 21, 2006 at 3:36 PM
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MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 21 (UPI) -- The world's No. 1 and No. 2 tennis players, Swiss Roger Federer and Spain's Rafael Nadal, won easy victories in the quarterfinal of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Federer moved to 32-1 for the season by defeating eighth-seeded David Ferrer 6-1, 6-3 on the red clay at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Nadal recorded his 40th straight victory on clay by beating sixth-seeded Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal meets 2004 Roland Garros titlist Gaston Gaudio on Saturday. Federer, playing his first clay-court tennis of the year this week, meets 12th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in Saturday's semifinals, the Swiss' first-ever semi at this event.

In other quarter-final results, Gonzalez stopped fourth-seeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-1 and Gaudio, the seventh seed, beat 15th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-3.

The week's winner in the $2.558 million event takes home $418,000.

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