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Nadal begins clay campaign with win

sports Updated: Apr 14, 2010 23:52 IST

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Rafael Nadal won his 28th consecutive match at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday as the Spanish powerhouse began his 2010 clay quest with a 6-1, 6-0 hammering of Thiemo de Bakker.

Nadal is bidding for history and a sixth straight title at the picturesque Country Club overlooking the Mediterranean.

His rout of the 21-year-old Dutchman in 59 minutes kept his record in the principality spotless since a defeat in the 2003 third round against Argentine Guillermo Coria (he did not play in 2004).

Second seed Nadal, whose run of triumph at the French Open after four straight titles was ended last year by Swede Robin Soderling, is quietly trying to put his game right after months of knee injury and other interruptions.