PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils in Madrid Open second round

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.

 

 

14 comments

  1. Rafa well done and a great start to the tournament.

    All the best for your next game against Deigo.

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

  2. Congrats Rafa way to go vamossssssssssssssss you are playing so good ,Clay cort you are the BEST surfis .love your fans for ever.🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍👍❤️🏆

  3. Two other impressive scores from today’s matches: Coric vs Struff 6-0, 6-2, and L. Mayer vs Verdasco 6-2, 6-1.

    Gotta check my tea leaves to see who will challenge Rafa in the final.

    RAFAMAZING RULES

  4. What an amazing play! We love u Rafa❤️ continue doing what your’re doing.What a fun to watch a great player!

  5. VAMOS SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WI………WI…….WI……..BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) LOVED WATCHING YOU GLIDE & SLIDE & MOVE IN SUCH BRILLIANT SPEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH……………..AND SUCH SWIFT…….SOLID…… EXCITING MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) KUDOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) LOVED YOUR BEAUTIFUL EFFECTIVE SERVE…… & REACH…….& FEISTY GORGEOUS RETURNS…………………….YOUR FH & BH ARE GENIUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) SO HANDSOME & SO FIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) NO ONE HAS YOUR PRECIOUS FOCUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GREAT MATCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING & ENJOY CELEBRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE A GREAT TIME TONIGHT & A BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXO

  6. It’s such a joy to see Rafa playing cool, calm and masterful tennis. He hardly broke sweat today. Well done champ. One step closer……!

  7. Rafa and buddy Diego Schwartzman will be up next in round three. I wonder if Diego will ask Rafa for another shirt.

    RAFAMAZING RULES

  8. Congrats on a strong win. Looking confident and ready to continue the run💪👍👏👊🤗🏆❣️

  9. Very positive start from Rafa , found first game a little challenging big found his range quickly and played some outstanding tennis .
    I like Gael as he is a great character , talented but unpredictable .
    Happy for Rafa and his team and now he awaits either Feliciano or Diego .🍀

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