Top seed Rafael Nadal made short work of his second-round match with France’s Gael Monfils, with our champ winning 6-3 6-1 in an hour and 14 minutes to continue his bid for a sixth title in Spain.
The world No. 1 is now on a 20-match unbeaten run on clay, which includes a whopping 48 unbeaten sets. He is two sets away from breaking John McEnroe’s 1984 record of 49 straight sets won on a single surface.
After the match, Rafa said:
I’m happy to start with a victory. It was a very solid match in all aspects.
Rafa will await No. 13 seed Diego Schwartzman or fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the last-16.