CLOSINGS: View Closings

Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's 34-year-old record

There is no disputing that Rafael Nadal is the "King of Clay" and the world No.1 further enhanced his status by break...

Posted: May 11, 2018 11:11 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 11:11 AM

There is no disputing that Rafael Nadal is the "King of Clay" and the world No.1 further enhanced his status by breaking John McEnroe's 34-year-old record for consecutive set wins on a single surface.

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.

Rafael Nadal secures his 50th successive set win

World No.1 breaks John McEnroe's record

The Spaniard is through to Madrid Open quarterfinals

Nadal, 31, broke McEnroe's 49-set winning run, achieved on carpet in 1984.

READ: Djokovic suffers shock defeat to world No. 140

"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always," he said afterward.

"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.

Article Comments

Mason City
Scattered Clouds
25° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 14°
Albert Lea
Scattered Clouds
23° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 16°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 19°
Charles City
Scattered Clouds
28° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 19°
Rochester
Scattered Clouds
24° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 14°
Lovely weekend ahead
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Coronas Tacos Undaunted by Name

Image

FEMA suggests only buying groceries for a week

Image

Rochester Fire Department using PPE

Image

Takeout liquor is just a call away in Iowa

Image

A closer look at the CDC recommendation to wear a mask

Image

Stewartville first responder suspension

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast

Image

Shopping for groceries the smart way

Image

How often should you be visiting the grocery store?

Image

Gov. Walz Gives Update on Food Supply

Community Events