Nadal opens with win in Madrid


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Madrid, Spain ( - Three-time champion Rafael Nadal was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the $5 million Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event.

The world No. 1 superstar blew past helpless Argentine Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-0 in 68 minutes on the red clay at the Magic Box.

Nadal beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka in last year's Madrid finale. His third-round opponent on Thursday will be fellow left-hander, Jarkko Nieminen.

In addition to his titles in 2005, 2010 and last year, Nadal was also a Madrid runner-up in 2009 and 2011.

In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 6 Czech and 2012 runner-up Tomas Berdych improved to 11-0 lifetime against tall South African Kevin Anderson with a 6-1, 6-4 victory and No. 9 towering American John Isner swatted 23 aces in outlasting Aussie lucky loser Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 in 2 hours, 38 minutes. Isner recorded the lone break of the match in the final game of the bout.

Meanwhile, Colombian Santiago Giraldo knocked out 11th-seeded Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, 12th-seeded rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov came from behind to best Romanian Marius Copil 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) and Spain's Feliciano Lopez fought back to upend 15th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Also in the second round at this French Open tune-up, Polish lucky loser Lukasz Kubot topped Frenchman and 2008 Madrid runner-up Gilles Simon 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, Nieminen drubbed Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-2 and Latvian Ernests Gulbis doused Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-4. Kubot replaced three-time Madrid titlist Roger Federer in the draw after the Swiss icon pulled out of the field to be with his wife, Mirka, when she gave birth to twin boys on Tuesday.

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