Tennis - Monte Carlo Masters - Monaco, 14/04/2016. General view of Prince Rainier III court during the match between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem . REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal saved 15 of 17 break points, and Andy Murray rallied from a set and 3-0 down as both advanced to the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals Thursday.Nadal scampered around the clay to retrieve forehands from Dominic Thiem and beat the Austrian 7-5, 6-3 . Nadal, arguably the greatest clay-court player in history, struggled in the first set against Thiem, facing 16 of the 17 break points.At 4-4, and with each player having dropped serve once, Thiem missed six chances to break Nadal. After Thiem broke Nadal to love in the third game of the second set for a 2-1 lead, Nadal quickly regained momentum and broke Thiem two more times to set up a quarterfinal against Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion.
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