Cyclone Nadal: beating Bautista and 16 consecutive victories in Monaco

Nadal did not take pity on his compatriot Bautista on his return to the dirt tracks 311 days after winning Roland Garros. In eighth will face Dimitrov.

Rafa Nadal returned to play a game on clay 311 days after winning Roland Garros for the eleventh time. He had been in the dry dock since March 15, when he beat Karen Khachanov and resigned to face Roger Federer the following day in the semifinals of Indian Wells with a right knee injury. Recovered, it was presented at Montecarlo, one of its three houses where it has also raised the title 11 times (the other is Barcelona), and responded to expectations like a cyclone: beating Roberto Bautista (double 6-1 in 76 minutes) to to add his 16th consecutive victory track Rainiero III of Principado de Monaco, where he lost for the last time in the semifinals of 2015 against Djokovic.

The clay season does not really start until his king steps on the surface he dominates, on which he has won more titles than anyone (57) and in which his percentage of wins is the best in history (92%, 416-36). It did not take Nadal to show that he is ready to repeat the successes of the last two years. Defend many points (4,680), but you can even improve your records. To the first of change, he endorsed two breaks to Bautista to place a demolishing 4-0. Wrapping the ball as he knows how to do it with his natural blow, put it out of reach of Castellón, stunned and unanswered until in the last game of the first set he avoided the screw.

After, Nadal relaxed a bit and Bautista attacked with more faith, although he opened the second sleeve by giving his serve for the third time. He tried everything, but when he was shot, dressed in light blue, he was seen fresh in the legs and accurate in aiming and close to the net (10/10). So he controlled the break opportunities of his rival, who had them with 1-3 and 1-5 against. Nothing prevented the world number two from closing its opening in Montecarlo with a convincing result, identical to the one he did in the same square to the Belgian Kristof Vliegen in 2007 and the German Alexander Zverev in 2017. Bautista had lost in the two duels past, also on land, and had won twelve games. This Wednesday I only scratch two. Nadal will face on Thursday in eighths the Bulgarian Gigor Dimitrov, who beat the German Jan-Lenard Struff by 7-6 (2) and 6-4. The Spanish dominated by 11-1 in the particular balance and won last year in the semifinals of Montecarlo by 6-4 and 6-1.

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