PARIS — Defending champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the French Open tennis quarter-finals on Monday as three Spaniards plus Andy Murray made it through to the last eight in the bottom half of the draw.
Nadal demolished Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 in an awesome display of claycourt tennis that must have sent shivers through his rivals for the title.
Countrymen David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro had earlier gone through comfortably.
Sixth-seeded Ferrer cruised past countryman Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-2, 6-0, and 12th seed Almagro pushed aside Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Murray then joined them with a disjointed 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
The Scot will play Ferrer, while Nadal will go for his 50th win at Roland Garros against Almagro.
Joining them in the last eight, in matches held over from Sunday in the opposing top half of the draw, were Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Tsonga, seeking to provide a first French win in the men’s singles since Yannick Noah in 1983, returned to action against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 4-2 ahead in the fifth set.
And despite dropping his serve in the opening game, he held steady to pull off a 6-4, 7-6, (8/6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 win that saw him into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time.