Another record for Rafa on clay

Another record for Rafa on clay

Another record for Rafa on clay

World No 16 Schwartzman served up a minor scare by breaking back for 4-4 in the second set, but Nadal responded immediately and closed out for a history-making win.

The last time Nadal had dropped a set on clay was past year in Madrid when playing in the round of 32 against Fabio Fognini.

McEnroe's record - set on carpet - had stood since 1984, but was wiped out by Nadal, who looks unstoppable with the French Open fast approaching.

Nadal will next face the man he beat he beat in last year's final, Dominic Thiem, after the fifth seed came from a set and a break down to edge out Croatian Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Spanish player Rafael Nadal in action during his second round match against Gael Monfils of France at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, 09 May 2018.

"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always". 1 has won 14 matches and 30 sets in a row overall, as well as 21 matches and 50 straight sets on clay. "Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead which is what I am concerned about".

Russian former world No.1 Sharapova has shown only flashes of the play that has earned her five grand slam titles since returning from a doping ban previous year. Two more sets and he would eclipse John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets on any one surface.

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It was not a vintage Nadal performance early on but he once again had too much for Monfils, registering a 14th win over the flamboyant Frenchman.

Lajovic claimed a first victory over a top-10 opponent, the 95-ranked qualifier seeing off fourth seed Del Potro 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her impressive week as she backed up a third-round win over world No.2 Caroline Wozniacki to beat Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals.

Nadal said he was unaware of the record.

He will now face South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Halep said: "Today she didn't miss".

Nadal took the opening set easily over Schwartzman having broken the Argentine's serve in the sixth game. He will play German Alexander Zverev, who beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4 6-2. I am not saying that it's not important, but what is important is I made it to the third round of this tournament.

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