World No. 2 Rafael Nadal crushed Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Â while Andy Murray recovered from a slow start to take out Richard Gasquet 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday to gain the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Nadal on track to win his seventh Roland Garros was given little resistance by Monaco, facing only two break points in the one hour and 46-minute match.
Nadal spoke about the match: â€œWell, the first break really helped me considerably.Â And, also, I think that today is the day when I served really my best serves.Â My percentage was a bit better than any of my previous percentages.Â I served faster, as well, which is also something very important.Â What else could I add?
â€œThe next thing thatâ€™s important is that I didnâ€™t make any mistakes.Â I missed not many points.Â Pico was starting really hard.Â I had to move around quite a lot.
â€œThen I started attacking more, and I realized that heâ€™s not hurting me any longer.
â€œAt the beginning it was good for him, but in reality it was not really the case, you see.
â€œOne could have the impression that he was an attacker, but I was feeling comfortable.Â I was waiting for â€œtheâ€ moment when I knew I could attack him.Â You know, when you attack someone and then you counterattack, itâ€™s very difficult.
â€œI felt, as I said, quite at ease on the court today.Â Maybe because it was quite heavy out there.Â I mean, the weather was.
â€œHe was attacking, but he couldnâ€™t take control.Â He didnâ€™t have the upper hand.Â You know, when this happens once, twice, or thrice, I can say, you know, I was a bit lucky.Â I was a bit lucky because I could return all of his points.
Nadal has lost only 19 games on his way to the quarterfinals. Nadal takes on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro next.
World No. 4 Andy Murray had to take on Richard Gasquet and a hostile French crowd in his four set win on Chatrier court.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say it got too much,â€ Murray said.Â â€œ I mean, yeah, itâ€™s almost like playing a sort of a football match.Â And I like football.Â I enjoyedÂ I mean, I enjoyed myself on the court today.
â€œItâ€™s the most fun Iâ€™ve had on the court in a while, so I wasnâ€™t so sort of shying away from the fact that the crowd wanted me to lose.â€
In the first set Murray, who has been nursing a back injury the past few weeks, was grabbing his back in the first set and lost it 6-4. As the match progressed Murray gained form and momentum playing without signs of back trouble.
â€œHe obviously started the match well, but, yeah, I started to use the energy from the crowd in a positive way and obviously turned it around and played very well the last few sets,â€ added Murray.
â€œHe was so lucky during the second set, so many shots, you know, not far away, said Gasquet.Â â€œHe was so lucky.Â But then during the beginning of the third set I made a few mistakes.
â€œBut then when he gains confidence, itâ€™s really difficult, because heâ€™s a fighter, and heâ€™s always present.Â He always hits one time more than you, so heâ€™s really into the match, and then he plays well.Â He played well during the third and fourth set.Â It was difficult for me to have the upper hand.Â He was a difficult player to play against.â€
â€œFor me, a seventh Roland Garros win is not more important than No. 2, No. 3, or No. 4,â€ Nadal said.Â What really is important is what it brings me personally.Â If I win this one, and itâ€™s the seventh one, is it more important than 2006 or 2005?Â I donâ€™t know.
â€œItâ€™s a personal feeling, a personal sensation, and, you know, records are all very important.Â But thatâ€™s when youâ€™ve finished playing tennis. Â When you finished that, youâ€™ll think about this.
â€œBut, otherwise, when youâ€™re playing, you think about what you have to do daily.â€
The fourth seed Murray moves on to the quarterfinals where heâ€™ll play David Ferrer who straight-setted Janko Tipsarevic.