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Tennis: Nadal thrashes Monaco to rediscover touch on clay in Madrid

Published on May 8, 2014 2:21 AM

MADRID (REUTERS) - Rafa Nadal launched the defence of his Madrid Open title by breezing past Juan Monaco 6-1 6-0 on Wednesday to rediscover his touch on his favoured clay after surprise exits in his last two tournaments.

The world number one went out in the quarter-finals at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month, but his extra quality shone through in his second-round match against the 56th-ranked Monaco.

Nadal, seeking a fourth Madrid Open title, stormed into a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

Although he was not at his best, the power and accuracy of his shots were too much for the Argentine, with the match ending in 68 minutes.

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