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Superb Nadal powers into quarterfinals

Fafael Nadal has dropped just two games in two matches on his way to the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.
Fafael Nadal has dropped just two games in two matches on his way to the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rafael Nadal remains on course for a sixth successive Monte Carlo Masters win
  • Nadal defeats Germany's Michael Berrer 6-1 6-0 to reach quarterfinals
  • Spaniard Nadal will now face compatriot and ninth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero
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(CNN) -- Rafael Nadal remains on course for a remarkable sixth successive Monte Carlo Masters triumph after defeating Michael Berrer in straight sets to reach the last eight on Thursday.

Nadal beat Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-1 6-0 on Wednesday -- and the five-time champion dished out another clay-court masterclass to sweep past German Berrer by the same scoreline.

Berrer was no match for the second-seeded Spaniard, who made just eight unforced errors on his way to a 29th successive victory in the principality.

"I played better than yesterday because I played higher, I played close to the lines, and my feeling is I had more control on the ball," Nadal told the official ATP Web site.

Nadal will now face compatriot and ninth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, who saw off fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 7-5.

That pair were joined in the quarterfinals by three other Spaniards, with Albert Montanes producing the shock of the day by dumping out fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4.

There were also wins for 11th seed David Ferrer, who saw off eighth seed Ivan Ljubicic -- the winner at Indian Wells last month -- 6-0 7-6 and sixth seed Fernando Verdasco, who recovered from the loss of the opening set to defeat 10th seed Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-3 6-2.