PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal eases into third round in Monte Carlo Masters

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal stormed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters as the 11-time champion won his first match of the clay season 6-1, 6-2 over Federico Delbonis on Wednesday afternoon. His next opponent is Grigor Dimitrov.

After the match, Rafa said:

“It was a good start and it’s always good to come back to the competition with the victory. I think I played a solid match and I had to keep going. I had some positive feelings. We have been playing against each other for a long time so we know each other well.

“I have respect for every opponent and of course for Federico it is no exception. He played some azaming matches on clay, winning tournaments, so maximum respect.”

16 comments

  1. Congratulations Rafa well don vamossssssssss all the way good l💪😘👍🎾😘👍🎾

  2. Strong win-congrats, Rafael Nadal. Stay healthy and safe. Good luck in next round💪👍🤛👏🎾❤️

  3. We Rafans always want more, but I thought it was a good first match after a long break. His kit is a bit colorful, but Rafa looks good in anything. I really hope that he can go deep. If he makes the final, he would move back to number two. I just hope Rafa stays negative for covid.

  4. Excellent start and Rafa looks very fit and healthy . Novak looked impressive as well against the upstart Sinner . This will not be easy but Rafa should be too much for Dimitrov . I wish Rafa was playing in a less feminine outfit but that’s my preference , not his or his female fans .

    • I agree that the purple/pink color combo is an interesting choice for our champ. ‘So glad Rafa won and there will be a different kit for the French Open.

  5. Happy to see you back on the court. Good start of the clay-court-season. Keep going Rafa❤️

  6. I’m really not convinced about the purple/pink combination but, apart from a bit of a loss of concentration at the end, it was a great first match. So nice to be back to a normal-ish clay court season.

  7. C’est fait et bien fait pour Rafa ; bravo champion ; j’ai adoré la manière de jouer de Rafa ; merci à toi pour le plaisir

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