PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Juan Monaco to reach R3 at Madrid Open

In his 2014 debut match at the Caja Magica, Rafael Nadal defeated his longtime buddy Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-0 to reach the third round at the Mutua Madrid Open. The defending champion will next play Jarkko Nieminen.

With this victory, Rafa has taken sole ownership of 11th place on the Open Era match wins list. With a career mark of 684-134, the world No. 1 has passed  Arthur Ashe (683-225) in wins. His next milestone is the No. 10 spot on the list, which is occupied by Boris Becker at 713 match wins.

Congratulations Rafa! Enjoy the photos from the match:

Photos: Getty Images, AP, Reuters, EFE, AFP


  1. Congratulations Rafa, Each time you come, irrespective of the result, you make your presence felt in the minds of your fans. I wish you the very very best in each and every match. Put in your best but do not punish your health. You have achieved more than any one else overall. You now just play and enjoy and let us also have the joy of seeing you on the courts.

  2. Congrats Rafa! Though I didn’t get to watch the game, I am so happy for Rafa as it definitely uplifts his winning spirits. Vamos Rafa….

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