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Rafael Nadal breezes to second-round win in Monaco
Rafael Nadal breezes to second-round win in Monaco

Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much, and he looks like his old self again. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old wild-card entry Lucas Pouille, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round. “Today I (will) go back to the hotel with a fantastic feeling because I played probably (my) best match of the year,” Nadal said. The switch to clay was also enjoyable for second-seeded Roger Federer and defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who won his maiden Masters tournament last year at the Country Club. Nadal won eight consecutive titles in Monte Carlo from 2005-12 but has...

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