Result: Rafael Nadal sees off Stanislas Wawrinka in Monaco

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal is two games away from retaining the Monte Carlo Masters title after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets in the quarter-final.

Rafael Nadal has continued the defence of his Monte Carlo Masters title by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-4 in Monaco.

Nadal, who has won the Monte Carlo Masters seven times in a row, started off brightly on the clay court by going a break up in the first until his Swiss opponent continued to hold his serve.

Despite executing a number of powerful shots, Wawrinka failed to push back the Spaniard, who wrapped up the opening set 7-5.

The 25-year-old continued his dominance in the second, displaying some precise shots to clinch a break up, while Wawrinka forced to stay in contention.

The world number 23 failed to overpower the Spaniard, who managed to edge the contest and snatch the victory.

Nadal will face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Gilles Simon in the semi-finals.

Stanislas Wawrinka
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210