Spain's tennis world number one smashes John McEnroe's 34-year-old record for winning 50 consecutive sets
Tennis world number one Rafa Nadal set a new record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface.
The Spaniard from Mallorca reached the total by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.
As well as the Madrid Open, Nadal's 50 sets spanned tournament wins in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and the French Open.
The 31-year-old's achievement breaks John McEnroe's record that lasted 34 years.
" I really don't think much about that, " said Nadal, reacting to the news. "All these kind of things probably when I finish my career will be the time to think about it. Now the only thing is that I won a very difficult match against a very difficult player and he played well."
Nadal's next match in the Madrid Open will be against Australia's Dominic Thiem, who knocked out the up and coming Croatian Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.