Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe’s record for successive set wins

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World number one Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s 34-year-old record for successive set wins on a single surface as he moved into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open.

Nadal, 31, beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on clay to take his winning streak to 50 sets in a row.

He will play Austria’s Dominic Thiem on Friday for a place in the last four.

American McEnroe’s 49-set winning run came on carpet in 1984 and included him clinching the Madrid Indoor Open title.

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Nadal’s 50 sets have included tournament wins in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and last year’s French Open.

The Spaniard, looking for a sixth Madrid Open title, faced a minor scare as Schwartzman broke back to make it 4-4 in the second, before Nadal responded immediately and closed out for the match.

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