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Rafa Nadal sets new world record

Rafa Nadal celebrates victory over Diego Schwartzman
Rafa Nadal celebrates victory over Diego Schwartzman
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By Mark Armstrong
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Spain's tennis world number one smashes John McEnroe's 34-year-old record for winning 50 consecutive sets

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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.

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