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Nadal beats Kohlschreiber at Monte Carlo Masters

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 7:42am  ET

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

AP Sports Writer

MONACO (AP) -- Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 Thursday in the third round.

The third-seeded Nadal, who will next face Grigor Dimitrov, did not face a break point.

Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced, beating Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-0. The Frenchman will next face either second-seeded Andy Murray or No. 13 Stanislas Wawrinka.

Also, fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych struggled with his serve and lost to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2.

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