TENNIS - Rafael Nadal kicked off the pursuit of his eighth successive tournament at the Monte Carlo Masters with a straight sets victory over Jarkko Nieminen. It was the Spaniard’s 250th singles match on clay. His won-lost record on clay is 232-18. His record in Monte Carlo is 40-1. The only player to beat Nadal in this tournament is Guillermo Coria (2003).
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