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Nadal hands birthday boy Zverev brutal lesson

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MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Rafael Nadal gatecrashed Alexander Zverev's 20th birthday party on Thursday with a brutal 6-1, 6-1 Monte Carlo Masters demolition.

Defending champion Nadal, chasing a 10th title at the tournament, will face either Argentina's Diego Schwartzman or German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the semi-finals.

Earlier, world number one Andy Murray, world number three Tomas Berdych and and world number 12 Stan Wawrinka were all eliminated from the last 16 of the tournament.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates after his win on Thursday. Photo: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Murray suffered a shock defeat to Spain's 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, losing 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in more than two and a half hours.

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was also routed, with the Swiss third seed losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.

Ramos-Vinolas will face Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals on Friday after the Croatian's 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) win over Berdych. 


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