MONTE CARLO: Rafael Nadal moved closer to perfection for a second day in succession on Thursday, with the five-time champion completing another 6-1, 6-0 rout at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Less than 24 hours after crushing Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker by an identical score, world number three Nadal repeated his clay power-play, with German Michael Berrer the day’s victim at the Country Club. Nadal polished his record at the event which he has owned as champion for the last five years to an overwhelming 29 straight victories as the fourtime Roland Garros champion continues a bid for history and a sixth consecutive title.
Berrer, ranked 51st, stood zero chance in the onslaught. The German could do little more than watch as Nadal sent over 28 winners, converted on five of six break point chances and made a mere eight unforced errors in 53 minutes. The second seed behind Novak Djokovic will play against either French favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Juan Carlos Ferrero on Friday