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Nadal dismisses lingering doubts with resounding win over Monaco

MADRID -- World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed lingering doubts over his recent form with a resounding 6-1, 6-0 win over Juan Monaco to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.

Monaco failed to win a game on serve all match as Nadal, who suffered shock defeats in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, rolled off 10 straight games to seal victory in little over an hour.

He now meets Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

“Obviously once you lose a match it takes a bit longer to find the confidence in your movement and your shots,” admitted the 13-time Grand Slam champion.

“Once it went to 4-1 in the first set I felt I played a lot better and I am happy with the way I felt on court today.”

Nadal is the only top four seed remaining in the men's draw as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer withdrew due to injury and family reasons respectively, while Stanislas Wawrinka lost to Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.

However, the Spaniard insists he has not been distracted by the draw appearing to open up perfectly for a fourth title in Madrid.

“In the past two tournaments I didn't get to the rounds where I would have played those players anyway,” said Nadal.

“At this level all the opponents are difficult and next I will face Jarkko who has huge experience form being on the tour so many years.

“I congratulate Roger on becoming a father again and wish Novak the best in his recovery.”

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was victorious on his return to action for the first time in over a month as he progressed with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Juan Monaco, of Argentina, during their men's singles second round tennis match of the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) ...

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