TENNIS

Wawrinka, Nadal Reach Last 16 At Monte Carlo Masters

Rafael Nadal began his quest for a 10th title in the Monte Carlo masters tennis tournament with a win over Britain's Kyle Edmund in the third round.

The Spaniard was made to work hard by Edmund - winning 6-nil, 5-7 and 6-3.

Nadal made a dazzling start on one of his favorite courts but hard-hitting 22-year-old Edmund hit back to worry the Spaniard who was playing his 400th match on the red dust.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka beat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2.
Earlier, world number one Andy Murray beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 7-5 and 7-5 to reach the next round.

Murray dropped serve twice but was still a cut above in the first European Claycourt tournament of the season, with the May 28-June 11 French open already looming.

Three-time grand slam champion Murray next takes on 15th seed Albert Ramos.