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Miami Open: Rafael Nadal Usurps John Mcenroe's 34-Year Record Of Set Wins

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| May 11 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

Rafael Nadal broke yet another record as he won his 50th consecutive set on the clay court on Thursday as he cruised past Argentine David Schwartzman to put himself in the quarter-final of the Madrid Open.

His straight set victory of 6-3 6-4 means he establishes a new Open era best for consecutive sets won on a single surface, passing McEnroe's 49 in 1984.

McEnroe also won the Madrid Open Indoor title that year and Nadal may follow suit in the Spanish capital, with Austrian Dominic Thiem up next in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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His unbeaten run is also perhaps a reflection of a lack of rivals, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, for different reasons, all posing little threat on clay over the past year.

"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there forever, They are big records. It's difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row. But I've done it. It's over. Let's not talk about that anymore and let's focus on what we have ahead," Nadal said.

However, Juan Martin del Potro and Maria Sharapova crashed out of the tournament.

While del Potro faltered against Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic, Sharapova was beaten by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands on Thursday.