Rafael Nadal: Spaniard dominates 16-year-old Darwin Blanch to reach second round of Mutua Madrid Open | Tennis News

Rafael Nadal dominated promising 16-year-old wild card Darwin Blanch to claim a masterful 6-1 6-0 victory in the opening round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday.

Lefty Blanch was making just his second ATP Masters 1000 appearance in the space of five weeks after his tour-level debut on home soil in Miami.

But his 37-year-old idol Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion and a record five-time winner in Madrid, was in no mood for handing out gifts as he wrapped up victory in just 63 minutes.

Master vs Apprentice

16-year-old American Darwin Blanch taking on 37-year-old Rafa Nadal in Madrid is the biggest age gap in a singles match in Masters 1000 history

Nadal has said on several occasions this is set to be his final season on tour, but so far it has not panned out the way the Spaniard would have hoped.

He now faces Alex De Minaur in a rematch of their clash in Barcelona in which Nadal was beaten by the Australian.

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