Rafael Nadal, the king of clay, made his debut on clay in 2021 with a stunning 6-1, 6-2 win over Argentina's Javier del Bonis, his 17th straight second round win at the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal, who is through to the round of 16, will play Dimitrov in the next round.
Nadal made a strong debut on clay and will face Dimitrov in the next round
Nadal is playing his first official match since losing to Sisipas in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Nadal, the 11-time champion, opened his clay court match against arboreal del bonis of Argentina, having won all four of their previous meetings without losing a set. The next few weeks, of course, will be Nadal's most important and crucial phase of the season, especially at the French Open, where he will attempt to win his 21st Grand Slam title.
In the first set, Nadal immediately found the right rhythm and quickly built a 5-0 lead. In the sixth game, del bonis served a serve to avoid an egg, but could not change the fact that nadal easily won the first set 6-1. Nadal won the opening set 6-1 in the Monte Carlo Masters for the third consecutive time since 2018.
After Nadal started the second set 3-0 in a strong fashion, del bonis recovered from missing three break points to break one game before taking the fifth game to tie it at 3-2. But Nadal got back on track, winning three games in a row and then taking the next set 6-2 to knock out del bonis in only three games of the match.
Rival in next rafael nadal in the round of 16 match is dimitrov, two people after a total of 14 times, dimitrov 1-13, which is also three consecutive terms, for the fourth time in monte carlo masters meet, nadal is the only defeat in the 2016 China open quarter-final, but after that game dimitrov in six games have to rafael nadal.