World number one Rafael Nadal on Wednesday launched his bid for an 11th Monte Carlo Masters title with a 6-1 6-3 second-round victory over Slovenia’s Alijaz Bedene.
Nadal breezed through the opener, bringing up set point with a trademark curling forehand before sealing the set with a deft drop shot.
Bedene ranked 58th in the world, put up a stiffer fight in the second set, holding serve until the sixth game before Nadal broke twice in succession to seal a convincing victory in an hour and 17 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Spaniard has maintained he will not follow in Roger Federer’s footsteps and miss major tournaments to maintain his fitness.
Nadal says he’s aiming to play a full schedule despite his rival Federer sitting out the whole clay court season for the second year in a row.
Federer’s decision led to him winning Wimbledon last year before victory at the Australian Open this year.
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