Rafael Nadal beats Andrey Kuznetsov to reach Madrid Open third round

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal continued his fine form, beating Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 to win his 11th straight match and advance to the third round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday.

One break of serve was enough for Rafa to take the first set in which he won 89 per cent of first serves and only dropped two points on serve.  Our champ took his chance to break in the seventh game of the second set and went on to close out victory two games later.

After the match, Rafa said:

There is no easy match. From Indian Wells to Barcelona I played great and the results confirm that now on clay.

The fifth seed will next face either Sam Querrey or qualifier Lucas Pouille.

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21 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal beats Andrey Kuznetsov to reach Madrid Open third round

  1. Linda Arnold

    Strange we haven’t heard from m.o.u t.h.m.o or any of the other trolls that usually stalk this site….is it because Rafa is WINNING of course it is ..They only come here to slate him..

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    1. Rafa_86

      especially the ones who very confidently predicted that he would be eliminated during the early rounds of ALL the Euro clay matches ….. so much for their predictions O_O

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  2. J beer the spring edition

    Good, i did not see live but followed the scoreline. Finally more and more matches where Rafa is not facing problem after problem!

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  3. Emmanuel Godwin

    bravo Rafa,nw is tym to continue ur comeback n confirm ur legacy as king of clay…i hope you add Roland garros to clay title this year

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  4. va4favre

    Rafa fans always have to hold their breaths for his first matches, so this was great to see. Rafa started strong, had a slight lull, and then finished strong. His last game was tremendous.
    I urge all of us to not jump ahead, but at least we do not have to read the negative stories like the recent past.

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      1. Yes I agree Rafa will beat Novak this time if they face each other ! Rafa is playing amazing and he’s so confident with all his second serves all over the court and from the baseline also down the line and passing shots was a beautiful match to look at today

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  5. Mac

    A routine win for Rafa. Just what we need, coz we don’t want no drama, NOOOO!

    Keep it up champ! Good to see those aces and the first serve %.

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  6. Rafa_86

    The Rafa Comeback is fully on track! The devastating forehand is definitely back, with added spin and pace today! I have said for weeks now that Rafa is solidly on a trajectory to beat Nole at their next encounter, could be in Madrid if Nole survives to the final. Rafa’s confidence is finally back, and who knows, maybe Nole’s took a dent after Monte Carlo ……..

    Vamos Rafa!

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  7. positive thinker( India )

    LOVE YOU RAFA 💗 💖 💛 💜 💓 💔 💟 ALWAYS. DIDN’T GET TO WATCH THE MATCH, BUT, WAS CONFIDENT YOU WOULD WIN.

    ENJOY YOUR VICTORY. BUT,ALSO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT MATCH. KNOW YOU WILL DO SO.

    IT IS A GREAT FEELING TO SEE YOU HAPPY N WINNING. I FEEL VERY DEJECTED TO SEE YOU SAD WHEN YOU LOSE.

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU RAFA.💖 ALWAYS.

    TAKE CARE STAY HEALTHY. 🍅 🍇 🍈 🍉 🍐 🍑 🍒 🍓 🍍 🍎 🍏.

    BIG HUG TO TONY UNCLE AND THE REST OF YOUR TEAM.

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  8. WELCOME TO MADRID OPEN SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ):) ci….ci….ci Senior!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Exciting beautiful win!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Congratulations on your brilliant victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Your AMAZING FANTASTIC RETURNS are simply a feast for our eyes!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) So happy for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YEH!!!!!!!!!! : ) Enjoy your fantastic swift win with your fantastic loyal team and CELEBRATE all night long !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Singing time : ) : ) : ) Love watching you move and glide and slide and serve and volley and on and on and on….God bless you sweetheart and VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Enjoy everything & sending lots of love & happiness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )
    Love the strong feisty final 3 returns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 The RAFA TOUCH!!!!!! : )

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