Swiss world number one Roger Federer beat one of his pet peeves, Argentina's Guillermo Canas, 6-3,6-3, to reach the Rome Masters Series' last 16. On the French side, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are out.
Richard Gasquet lost to 111th-ranked Peruvian qualifier Luis Horna in the first round of the Rome ATP tournament. France's top tennis player admitted he was feeling low ahead of Roland Garros in two weeks.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal stormed into the final after a win over unseeded German Denis Gremelmayr, 6-1, 6-0. The tennis star stands just one victory away from a fourth consecutive title at the Barcelona Open.
The clay-loving Spaniard claimed another victory in Barcelona against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela (6-4, 6-2), moving on to the semi-finals, where he will meet the unseeded German Denis Gremelmayr, who got the best of James Blake.
Former ATP world number one, Marat Safin hasn't made it to the Munich ATP Open quarter finals. He was defeated by the Open's second seed Fernando Gonzales. Top seed, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu won his ticket through to the quarter final.
Rafael Nadal won his 100th match on clay after beating fellow countryman Feliciano Lopez in two sets (6-4, 6-3) to qualify for Barcelona's quarter finals. The Spaniard has lost, on clay, only once in three years: to Roger Federer in May 2007.
Rafael Nadal improved on the records of Nastase and Borg by winning his fourth Monte Carlo tournament in a row. Despite holding a four-game lead in the second set, first seed Roger Federer stumbled at the last hurdle for a third consecutive time.
Roger Federer eased on to the Monte Carlo Masters' final after his semi-final opponent Novak Djokovic pulled out in the second set. The Swiss will play his arch rival Rafael Nadal, to whom he has lost in the last two finals.