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Rafael Nadal advances, Roger Federer falls in Monaco
Rafael Nadal advances, Roger Federer falls in Monaco

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both exited the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round Thursday, and Rafael Nadal continued his road to recovery by overcoming John Isner in three sets. Federer, who played his first tournament in nearly four weeks, made too many mistakes in a 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss to Gael Monfils after Wawrinka — the defending champion — was routed, 6-1, 6-2, by Grigor Dimitrov. “It's the very beginning of the clay-court season. It's going to take me some time to feel 100 percent comfortable,” the second-ranked Federer said. “Not many guys are perfect this week.” Nadal might not be at his best yet, but his fighting spirit...

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