Nadal re­cov­ers from shaky start to ad­vance in Monte Carlo

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Clay­court ma­chine Rafael Nadal re­cov­ered from a stut­ter­ing start to beat Rus­sian qual­i­fier Tey­mu­raz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters yes­ter­day.

The world num­ber one, whose eight-year reign in the prin­ci­pal­ity ended last year, con­ceded an early break but even­tu­ally proved too much to han­dle for Gabashvili on cen­tre court.

Nadal, who is on a 29-match win­ning streak on clay, fell 2-0 down but the Spa­niard lev­eled in the sixth game by break­ing to love.

The con­test ef­fec­tively ended there as Gabashvili failed to keep pace with the pow­er­ful left-han­der.

Eight-time French Open cham­pion Nadal, who has a 49-2 record in Monte Carlo af­ter los­ing to Serb Novak Djokovic in last year’s fi­nal, next faces An­dreas Seppi of Italy.

Ear­lier, for­mer world num­ber one Roger Fed­erer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 thrash­ing of Czech Radek Stepanek.

The Swiss, who has a record 17 grand slam ti­tles, will face an­other Czech, Lukas Rosol, af­ter dis­miss­ing the ex­pe­ri­enced Stepanek in less than an hour on the Monte Carlo Coun­try Club’s clay.

Fourth-seeded Fed­erer, back in the prin­ci­pal­ity for the first time since 2011, saved two break points and claimed his op­po­nent’s serve four times in a quick mas­ter class.

“I had a good start to both sets, then I was solid on my own ser­vice games. The next thing you know, you’re in the lead and you can hit freely,” said Fed­erer.

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