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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal Dominates Gael Monflis, Extends Unbeaten Record On Clay To 20

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| May 10 , 2018 , 13:25 IST

World No.1 Tennis player Rafael Nadal registered his 20th consecutive win on clay court as he defeated Gael Monfils of France by 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday at the Madrid Open.

After this win, Nadal entered the last-16 stage and he is also seeking his sixth title at the tournament

After receiving a bye in the opening round, he fired 17 winners and went on to lose just one of 13 service points in the second set to seal the victory.

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The 31-year-old Spaniard has now won 48 consecutive sets on the surface, two sets shy of breaking American John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets on a single surface in 1984.

"I'm happy to start with a victory," said Nadal, whose last loss on the dirt came against Dominic Thiem in Rome last year. "It was a very solid match in all aspects."

Second-seed Alexander Zverev and World no. 7 Dominic Thiem joined Nadal in the last-16 but Novak Djokovic added another early elimination to his disappointing season.

However, Novak Djokovic once again faltered lost to Kyle Edmund 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round, the sixth straight tournament in which he has failed to reach the quarter-finals.

Djokovic has struggled this year after saying he returned to action too quickly following a lingering right elbow injury.

"There are obvious things that are not working well for me, But I have to keep working on them and pray that...and hope that my game will get stronger." the 12-time Grand Slam winning Serbian said.