Result: Fabio Fognini boots out Tomas Berdych to reach final eight in Monte Carlo

Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych in action against Novak Djokovic on January 22, 2013
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Fabio Fognini overcomes Tomas Berdych in straight sets to secure a place in the final eight of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Fabio Fognini has defeated fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Berdych always faced a tough test against the Italian, who is known for thriving on clay surfaces, and it showed in the opening set as the first few games were won by the way of serve.

It took a number of strong returns and swift movement around the court from Fognini to ensure the first break of serve, which pushed him to stay dominant and grab the first set.

Yet again, it was a tight contest in the second set, but Fognini proved why he enjoys playing on clay by snatching a break point from Berdych to go ahead in the second.

Another break of serve ensured that Fognini was to end the match victorious and set up a quarter-final clash against either Marin Cilic or Richard Gasquet.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
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