Rafa Nadal breaks McEnroe's 34-year-old record
- Rafael Nadal secures his 50th successive set win
- World No.1 breaks John McEnroe’s record
- The Spaniard is through to Madrid Open quarterfinals
The Spaniard took his winning streak to 50 sets in a row with a 6-3 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman, the world No.16, in the Madrid Open.
Nadal, 31, broke McEnroe’s 49-set winning run, achieved on carpet in 1984.
“They are big records. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row. But I’ve done it. Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that any more and let’s continue on what we have ahead, which is what I am concerned about.”
Five-time champion Nadal — who has won in Barcelona and Monte Carlo this year — will next play Dominic Thiem for a place in the semifinal.
Fifth seed Thiem, who came from a set and a break down to defeat Croatian Borna Coric 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, was the man Nadal beat in last year’s Madrid Open final.