Rafael Nadal has eased through his second round match at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The opening of the clay court season is always one of the Spaniard’s favourite times of the year, and this year is no different.

Receiving a bye in the first round as the number one seed, Nadal stepped up against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. The 28-year-old is currently ranked 58th in the world, and was blown off the court by the world number one’s astonishing form.

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With a seemingly mystical relationship with the clay surface, Nadal will already be thinking about trying to further expand his record at the French Open.

Winning the tournament on ten occasions at Roland Garros, no one in world tennis can get close to the star’s level on the clay court.

Defeating Bedene 6-1 6-3 in just 77 minutes, the 31-year-old will face Karen Khachanov in the third round.

The twinkling sunlight of the French south coast would provide a picture-perfect setting for Nadal’s first clay title of the season.