Nadal, Sharapova post contrasting wins in French Open

RAFAEL NADAL blitzed Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Monday night to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.

The second-seeded Spaniard won the last 17 games to close out the one-sided affair and stay on track for his bid to win a record seventh French Open title.

His quarterfinal opponent will be compatriot Nicolas Almagro, who defeated Janko Tipsarevic earlier in the day.

In the distaff side, Maria Sharapova had to battle for the first time in the tournament before prevailing over  Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Sharapova, who is eyeing to complete a career Grand Slam, lost only five games in the first three rounds. Noli S. Cruz

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