MONTE CARLO: 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 third round defeat in the 2003.
The formbook on clay is definitely in the Spaniard’s favour, with Nadal now standing 30-1 at the event, with the loss of just five sets.
Top seed Djokovic got first run on a parade of seeds into third round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Florent Serra of France.
Djokovic shot off to a 4-0 lead over Serra and ended the encounter in just under 90 minutes after breaking the number 67 player five times.
Djokovic will now face Stanislas Wawrinka after the Swiss 13th seed put out Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-1, 6-4.
Two-time winner Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain polished his pedigree at the Country Club on a brilliantly sunny if chilly day, stopping German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4
Spain’s 11th-seeded David Ferrer defeated Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 while number 12 Tommy Robredo made it a hat-trick on the day for Spain with his 6-4, 6-3 wins over Serb Troicki 6-4, 6-3.
Andy Murray admitted on Wednesday that he never found his game after crashing out in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters, a 6-2, 6-1 victim of German Philip Kohlschreiber.