PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili to reach third round in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal made his clay season debut at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters with a victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, 6-4, 6-1. He made another record by surpassing Brian Gottfried’s 679 victories on the all-time wins list. Rafa’s next opponent will be Andreas Seppi.

Our champion looked every bit the King of Clay today, and we wish him increasing success throughout the week. Vamos!

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  1. Very good, except for a few mistakes, no drop volleys,or aces!! he needs to practice these! Vamos Rafa

  2. Rafa had a very very slow start to this match, as we’ve seen before. He hit many shots half court or even shorter, enabling his opponent to ‘Rosol’ him during the first 5 games. After the breakpoint at 1-3, things went much better.

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