PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round at Monte Carlo Masters

(AFP) – Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal improved to 64-4 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday when he reached the third round with victory over Aljaz Bedene.

Our champ won 6-1, 6-3 in 78 minutes and will next prepare to meet Karen Khachanov on Thursday.

Rafa brought up set point in the opener with a trademark, curling forehand up the line, before sealing the set with a drop shot. Bedene managed to keep the second set on serve for six games, but Rafa broke to lead 4-3 and wrapped up a comfortable victory in the Monaco sunshine with another break as Bedene hit a forehand into the net.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a positive start. That’s all. It’s important for me to win matches, of course. I need days on court. Since Shanghai last year, I have spent not enough time on court competing. Every match that I have the chance to win is a great news, because it [helps my] confidence and is a chance to play another day. That’s what I need. (via ATP World Tour)

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15 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round at Monte Carlo Masters

  1. Gr8 color for Rafa.

    78 minutes is a fast match. Great going. I thought it was longer. Khachanov should be more competitive but not by much, hopefully. I want Rafa fresh for the challenges ahead.

    RAFA ROCKS

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  2. Elaine Crowder

    Wow Rafa you have made a great start,

    and how well does the Gold shirt and band suit your wonderful skin and overall presence.

    Take carte and all the best for next match,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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  3. Fan love

    OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) ; ) ; ) Congratulations on your solid opening match victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 😉 🙂 : ) It was beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Swift and sharp and feisty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE SO FIT & SPEEDY & GORGEOUS IN YELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) 🙂 It was a great win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Love your passionate way of taking care of business !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 : ) Such awesome court presence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 😉 : ) wi…….wi……..wi……And by the way sweetheart…..as you know very well…..it is ok to loose a point or two sweetheart ……even when it looks like easy points or not…….makes no difference ….it is all apart of the game flow……. most important is how you always keep your precious focus…….and keep your brilliant hand ball connection…… and go back to your BEAUTIFUL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ci……..ci………ci…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) I LOVE HOW YOU ALWAYS FIND YOUR WAY and close matches…… today winning 6:1 and 6:3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 : ) We loved watching you LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Your serve was great and your movement and returns were beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 You are our most favorite dear Rafa and we love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) Have lots of fun celebrating with your loved ones and enjoy everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) VAMOS & enjoy your beautiful fitness and brilliant TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 Have a great time & lots of fun playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 Lots of love & happiness & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXO

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  4. Rafan

    Oh my god DMTNA I was praying that it’s only me who noticed it and nothing really wrong
    with Rafa. But now I m sooooo worried. May God bless our champ and he wins everything on clay this year

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    1. DMTNA

      Yeah mate, i have been following for a long time and i think i could understand a part of his style.
      I think the most important goal now is winning FO next month. I really hope Rafa won’t fall into the 2016 scenario again.

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  5. DMTNA

    I don’t know guys. The result might be good but i am still kinda worried about his health.
    Just look at his footwork. He seems to move slow just like what happened in AO earlier this season. Rafa uses many forehand DTL just to end the point as quick as possible which is very weird. Normally, he would wait until finding the right corner to punish the opponent and chase down for the opponent’s cross court shot.

    I know at the press conference, Rafa would say he is ok like always and i hope he speaks the truth…

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