Rafael Nadal (pictured) blew past Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (SportsNetwork.com) -
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal and three-time runner-up Roger Federer were a pair of easy second-round winners Wednesday at the $4 million Monte Carlo Masters tennis event.
The top-seeded Nadal blew past Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1, while the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Federer drilled Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 on the red clay at the beautiful Monte Carlo Country Club.
"I'm a bit surprised how well it went," the 32-year-old Federer said after blitzing Stepanek.
Federer lost to Nadal in three straight finals here from 2007-08.