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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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Top seed Rafael Nadal got off to a strong start in round one of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, a 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina’s Juan Monaco in the second round. The defending champ Nadal is seeking his fourth Madrid title. Nadal moves on to face Finland’s Jarko Nieminen, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Igor Sijsling. Nadal hold a 7-0 career head-to-head record over Nieminen.

The win gave Nadal a 684-134 record on clay, moving past Arthur Ashe’s 683-225 mark for sole ownership of 11th place on the list. To enter the Top 10, Nadal must surpass Boris Becker’s 713 wins on the dirt.

Also advancing Wednesday was Tomas Berdych, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over South African Kevin Anderson in just 70 minutes. Berdych remains perfect over his career against Anderson, moving to 11-0 with the victory. Berdych will next face the winner of the match between the12th seeded Grigor Dimitrov and Marius Copil.

The story of the day saw Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem shock world number three Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Thiem, who has come through qualifying seven times this season, broke Wawrinka in the final game to clinch his first career win over a Top 10 player.

"I cannot really believe it," said Thiem. "I was in this famous zone during the match. I was unbelievably concentrated. I think that's how you can play these very good matches, if you are 100 percent concentrated and 100 percent out on the court."

Thiem awaits the winner of the match between Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez to determine his third round opponent.