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.
Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's final, ending his record eight- year reign at this event. He's a brilliant 49-2 overall in Monte Carlo.
The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Nadal and Djokovic currently hold all nine Masters titles between them, as well as the ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal's third-round opponent will be Italian Andreas Seppi, while Federer will take on Czech Lukas Rosol.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka raced past Croat Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-2 in a mere 45 minutes.
In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 8 Canadian Milos Raonic came back to beat Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1, No. 10 Italian Fabio Fognini topped Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, and No. 11 Spaniard Tommy Robredo overcame Frenchman Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Also on Day 3, Seppi outlasted Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-4 and Rosol dismissed French qualifier Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4 at the first clay court Masters event of the year.
The 2014 Monte Carlo winner will collect $760,000.