Rafael Nadal earns 43rd straight win in Monte Carlo, beats Matosevic to reach 3rd round

Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters to 43 matches, beating Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday in the second round.

The eight-time defending champion nearly trailed 3-0 in the second set, but he saved break points before taking control of the match.

The third-seeded Nadal will face Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round.

Later, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will play Mikhail Youzhny. Djokovic decided on Tuesday to play despite his sore right ankle. He twisted it while playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup on April 7.

Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, ninth-seeded Marin Cilic, Florian Mayer and Jarkko Nieminen also won. Nieminen estopped Milos Raonic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (3).