GB's Norrie into Monte Carlo last 16

Back on his favorite surface, Rafael Nadal showed no lingering effects of a recent injury as he breezed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Roberto Bautista Agut.

A ticket to the next stage of the tournament was granted to the 11-time victor after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1.

Considering where Novak Djokovic began his year he was able to quickly put his defeat by fast-rising German Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals title match into perspective on Sunday.

"I'm happy for this very positive start", said Nadal.

"I had ups and downs and in a way felt a bit rusty on the court".

The world No. 3, who reached the semifinals past year, converted six of seven break points to book his place in the third round.

It was the 69th victory in 73 matches for Nadal, who extended his winning streak to 16 matches at the Monte-Carlo Masters. I m starting to feel better about my game. "I did what I had to do today - it was my first match on clay in nearly a year".

"I thought I should have maybe stepped in and played a bit more aggressive in the second set, but credit to him for mixing up the pace and playing well. Hopefully I can play slightly better in the next round, because if I want to go deep in the tournament, I definitely have to up my game", the world No. 1 pointed out. I mentioned that Medvedev has considerable question marks surrounding him on slow clay, but he's emphatically despatched both Joao Sousa and Radu Albot en route to this stage. "I tried to play solid, dominate with my forehand when I had the chance".

"Not just ranking-wise, I wasn't playing even close to where I wanted to be at in terms of level of tennis".

No11 seed Marco Cecchinato came back from losing the first eight games of the match to beat former Monte-Carlo champion Stan Wawrinka, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.

In two matchups featuring a pair of unseeded players, American Taylor Fritz posted one of the most impressive wins of his career, routing Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

There was another upset as Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego won 7-6 (4), 6-4 against eighth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

Zverev, another big name, found life easier than many would have expected against Miami Open semi-finalist Felix Auger Aliassime, recovering from a break in the second set to triumph 6-1 6-4.

  • Angelo Rivera