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Murray, Berdych Beaten; Tsonga Advances

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Tsonga© AFP/Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga is through the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo for the second time.

Stanislas Wawrinka stunned World No. 2 Andy Murray 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The Swiss No. 13 seed won 75 per cent of his service points and broke Murray five times to record his fifth win in 13 meetings with the Scot. 

"He's an amazing player. He's always tough to beat," said Wawrinka. "Therefore, to beat Andy that easy was a big surprise, for sure. I'm playing really good, really strong, really confident with my game. I know what he's looking for in his game. He's playing slow, he's playing from the baseline, he's not putting so much pressure. For me on clay, it's perfect."

Afterwards, Murray lamented the 24 unforced errors he committed, but maintained he is not too worried in his first week of the clay-court season. "I think I just need to try and cut down the mistakes and make sure I'm able to dictate more of the points by getting better depth on the ball. I think that will help.” said Murray.

With the loss, Murray will drop to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Roger Federer will move back up to World No. 2 on Monday. 

Wawrinka goes on to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who surged into the quarter-finals, dismissing Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-0 in just 57 minutes. The French No. 1 lost just 10 points on serve and broke Melzer four times to improve to a 3-0 career lead over the Austrian.

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"It's difficult to assess my game because he was not really playing his best," said Tsonga. "But I'm happy I was able to do the job. When you play tennis, you always try for perfection. Of course, sometimes you can't reach that."

Tsonga, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday by watching his friends perform the Harlem Shake via Skype in his hotel room, has matched his best performance at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, having also reached the last eight in 2012 (l. to Simon). The right-hander, a winner in Marseille in February (d. Berdych), has an 18-5 match record on the season.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini recorded the biggest win of his career as he ousted fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 in 79 minutes. The No. 32-ranked Fognini claimed just the second Top 10 win of his career, with his only previous victory coming against then-No. 9 Fernando Verdasco at Wimbledon in 2010. 

The 25-year-old Fognini is through to the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. “For the moment I feel really good on the court,” said the Italian. “I just play really well these three matches. It’s my first time to reach the quarter-finals here in Monte Carlo. With the Italian people, I think they're happy. I'm Italian, so I feel at home here.”

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