Top seed Rafael Nadal beats Guido Pella 6-3 6-4 in Montreal

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal took a step closer to defending his Rogers Cup crown with a straight sets win over Guido Pella in Montreal.

Nadal, the top seed, broke his opponent on his first service game and served out for 6-3 inside 45 minutes.

The second set was a more even affair, with Nadal breaking for a 2-1 led but Pella breaking back to make it 3-3.

However, the world number two broke again instantly for a 4-3 advantage and eventually sealed his place in the quarter-finals on his fourth match point 6-3 6-4.

Nadal will face Fabio Fognini after the Italian saw off Adrian Mannarino 6-2 7-5 while fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet fell to Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-5 7-5.

Gael Monfils made light work of Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-0 in 70 minutes, Alex Zverev saw off Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets 7-5 5-7 7-6 (5), Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime went down to Russian Karen Khachanov 6-7 (7) 7-5 6-3, Daniil Medvedev beat Christian Garin 6-3 6-3 and Dominic Thiem was victorious over Marin Cilic 7-6 (7) 6-4.

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