Rafael Nadal begins Madrid Open defence with victory against Gael Monfils
Last Updated: 09/05/18 10:50pm
Rafael Nadal opened his Madrid Open campaign with a dominant 6-3 6-1 victory against Gael Monfils to maintain his perfect clay court campaign this season.
Nadal has already won titles at Monte Carlo and in Barcelona and extended his record to 48 consecutive sets won on clay with progress past the Frenchman in one hour and 13 minutes.
The Spaniard is chasing a sixth title in Madrid and despite Monfils' best efforts never appeared in great difficulty as he recorded a sixth consecutive victory over the fellow 31-year-old.
Five-time champ @RafaelNadal beats Gael Monfils in #MMOpen 2R to extend winning streaks.— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) May 9, 2018
- 13 matches overall
- 28 sets overall
- 20 matches on clay
- 48 sets on clay
Tomorrow, Nadal tries to tie and break John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on any surface (carpet).
Nadal was forced to save a break point in his opening service game and immediately broke his opponent in the following game before maintaining his advantage to secure the first set.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion initially saw three break points at the second set go wasted but eventually secured the break and doubled his advantage when Monfils netted a weak backhand in the fifth game.
Nadal, who saved all three break points on his serve during the contest, maintained his dominance to close out the contest and set up a third-round meeting against Diego Schwartzman after the diminutive Argentinean defeated home favourite Feliciano Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-2.
John Isner overcame countryman Ryan Harrison in two tiebreak sets to secure a third-round meeting with Pablo Cuevas, who edged past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 6-7(2-7) 6-2.
Leonardo Mayer enjoyed a routine 6-2 6-1 win against Fernando Verdasco and will either face second seed Alexander Zverev or Evgeny Donskoy in their last-16 meeting.
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