Aljaz Bedene, pictured, lost 6-3 6-3 to Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters.

Nadal too strong for Aljaz Bedene

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Aljaz Bedene found Rafael Nadal too hot to handle on the clay in Monaco.

It was a creditable performance from the British number two in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters, but he held serve only four times in a 6-3 6-3 defeat.

Nadal has been dethroned, having won the tournament eight times in a row between 2005 and 2012, with Novak Djokovic winning twice and Stan Wawrinka once over the past three years.

But Nadal remains a formidable opponent and it was ultimately a comfortable win for the Spaniard in his first match of the season on European clay.

Bedene recovered from 5-1 down to 5-3 in the opening set and had a point to get back on serve but Nadal snuffed out the danger.

Nadal made more mistakes than he would have liked and was broken serving for the match in the second set, but immediately broke Bedene for a fifth time to set up a third-round clash with rising star Dominic Thiem.

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