Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both won their third round matches and booked a spot in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters.
Nadal was the first one of the two to reach the last 8 after he defeated fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-1.
Although the scoreline looks very one sided, the actual match lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes as many of the games went to deuce. Nadal managed to break his opponent 5 times to wrap it up and set up a quarterfinal encounter against Berdych of Czech Republic.
Roger Federer had a slightly tougher match as he needed three sets to overcome former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, winning 6-2 5-7 6-1.
The Swiss maestro produced some outstanding tennis in the first set, not allowing his opponent much. He was striking the ball with elegance and at times, his magical hands left the audience in disbelief.
Ferrero kept on asking the questions and after saving a few break points, Federer dropped his serve in the 11th game to give the Spaniard a chance to level the match. Ferrero didn’t hesitate and forcing a third set, he left the crowd in astonishment. Federer’s first serve percentage dropped below the 50% mark in set 2 and he commited too many unforced errors that cost him the set.
However, the world no.2 struck at the very beginning of the deciding set, taking a 3-0 lead. Federer took Ferrero’s serve once more in the 6th game after a superb rally, which was most probably the best point of the day. He sealed to victory in 1 hour and 47 minutes and will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi next.
Also through to the last 8 is the Frenchman Tsonga, who eliminated Argentine Del Potro surprisingly easily 6-4 6-1 in 1 hour and 25 minutes.