Stan Wawrinka reached the quarterfinal stage of Monte Carlo Masters after blowing away Andy Murray. Grigor Dimitrov also progressed in straight sets.
13th-seed Swiss Wawrinka was in a superb form today and literally swept second seed Murray off the court after exactly one hour of play. The British player opened the third round match with a hold and threatened to break Wawrinka in the second game, but had almost no influence on the proceedings later on. He kept losing serve after serve to let his opponent produce a six straight games run and seal the first set with the third consecutive break.
It seemed as though the Olympic champion has found his rhythm in the beginning of second set, yet he got nowhere close to turning around the clash as Wawrinka moved 5-2 ahead by confirming a sixth-game break and seized another one to reach Monte Carlo quarterfinals in style with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph, reducing the Scotsman’ head-to-head lead to 8-5. Murray won only 45% of his total service points and 25% of the return points, trailing behind his rival by thirty percents in each of the categories. Wawrinka will play Tsonga next.
In a battle of unseeded players young Bulgarian Dimitrov, who came into the match on the heels of his second round victory over Tipsarevic, put in another confident display to throw out one-time ATP winner Florian Mayer of Germany. The opening set went with serve until 3-2 when the Bulgarian broke Dimitrov to love and confirmed the break in the same fashion. He offered his opponent no chances to turn the set around as he closed it out by grabbing the German’s serve for the second time in a row. Mayer was hanging by a thread in the following set after suffering an early loss of serve, but he managed to peg back by 5-4. However, he failed to hold in the follow-up game thus allowing Dimitrov to claim his quarterfinal ticket with a 6-2, 6-4 straight sets win. The Bulgarian will square off against Nadal in the last 8 in Monte Carlo.