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Monte Carlo Round of 16

April 18, 2012 | 09:05 PM

In tomorrow's action, 4 unseeded players join 12 seeds to play for 8 spots. The only two non-seeds meeting are #55 Haase and #45 Bellucci, who upset 3rd seeded David Ferrer today in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Ferrer, a finalist to Nadal last year, never earned a break point and won only 30% of return points. Since he normally wins a higher percentage of service games than that (he's 2nd in that category this year, just ahead of Joker), he had an off day. It was his earliest loss in over a year, and Bellucci's first win in 4 tries against the Spaniard. Haase defeated Fognini 6-4, 6-4. The winner of his match with Bellucci (their first meeting) will face the Joker-Dolgopolov winner.

The best match of the day was Dolgopolov v Tomic. While the Australian's movement on clay was too great a handicap to overcome, he never-the-less made the match challenging after losing the first set 6-2, winning the 2nd 7-5. Dogman ran off with the 3rd 6-1, but Tomic leaves MC with his first Tour win on clay and a glimmer of hope. He is 0-1 against JOKER, who looked very much like a #1 in a 6-1, 6-4 win over the Italian Seppi, no slouch on clay.

In the other quarter of Joker's half, MURRAY had no difficulty with the struggling Troicki, 6-0, 6-3,and faces the unseeded Benneteau, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Melzer.

Berdych, a 7-6, 6-1 winner over Cilic, faces 12th seed Nishikori.before a possible encounter with Murray (he is 3-2 with Andy, and won their only previous encounter on clay, at Roland Garros in 2010).

In the RAFA half:

- Nadal opened with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Nieminen, and faces Kukushkin.

- 8th seed Almagro has a tough opponent in unseeded Wawrinka (winner to play Nadal in the quarters).

- 4th seed Tsonga cruised past Kohlschrieber and faces 13th seed Verdasco, a 3 set winner over Dodig.

- 9th seed Simon and 7th seed Tipsarevic play in what may be the closest match up of the day.

Rick

2012 Monte Carlo resuls, round of 16


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