Rafael Nadal defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Thursday. He will next face David Ferrer.
In his first meeting for five years against Seppi, Rafa improved to a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Italian as he claimed victory in 74 minutes. The Mallorcan converted all five of his break points and won 82 per cent of his first serve points. Seppi converted his sixth break point in the seventh game to stage a short-lived fightback in the second set, but Nadal won the final two games.
Our King of Clay reached a couple of milestones today: he won his 300th clay match (300-21), and made a half century at Monte Carlo with 50 wins (50-2 since 2003).
World No. 1 is now the 11th player in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on clay. Vamos Rafa!
Source: ATP World Tour, Photos: Getty Images, Reuters, AP