Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy crashed
out of the ATP Rome Masters 1000 after being handed a
straight-set defeat by the seventh seeded Polish-Austrian pair
of Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach in the quarterfinals here.
Rafael Nadal showed his ruthless streak to overcome an early test from Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in a 6-4, 6-1 win on Friday and complete three-quarters of a possible all-Spanish last four at the Rome Masters.
India`s Leander Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the men`s doubles quarterfinals while Mahesh Bhupathi and Belarusian Max Mirnyi crashed out of the second round in the 2,750,000 euros Rome Masters tennis.
Andy Murray gave an indication of how far off his best he has fallen on Thursday, when he said he could see progress in his game despite being comprehensively beaten by Spain`s David Ferrer at the Rome Masters.
A ruthless Rafael Nadal demonstrated that he was primed to win back the French Open crown from Roger Federer when he whipped Germany`s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-3 in his opening match at the Rome Masters.