Rafael Nadal wins his 10th Monte-Carlo Masters

Paola Ditto
Aprile 25, 2017

Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after winning his semifinal match against Belgium's David Goffin at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April, 22, 2017.

It was Nadal's first title in nearly a year and further cemented his place in history as he became the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times.

He has now amassed 50 clay titles during his career, to take sole ownership of the record on the red dirt with one trophy more than Guillermo Vilas. Nadal will also look to become a 10-time victor at the French Open and at next week's Barcelona Open, the organisers of which renamed their main court to "Pista Rafa Nadal" this past week in honour of the Spaniard. "That's the real thing", Sport quoted Nadal as saying. "After that, I was confident enough to keep going, winning in Barcelona, in Rome, then in Roland Garros". It's a very important part of the season for me and a very special one. I'm very satisfied with what I achieved against the best players in the world on a surface that I like.

"I think that he was a little bit better in everything", Ramos-Vinolas admitted.

The 29-year-old Ramos-Vilonas, ranked 24th in the world before the tournament kicked off, is expected to break into the top 10, after getting to his first ever ATP Masters tournament final.

"He just showed me something, I don't know what", Goffin said.

The Monte Carlo Masters final between Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos Vinolas is set to start at 2:30pm local time, 6:00pm IST and 8:30am EST. "I imagine the ball was out but I was on the other side, I could not see the mark", said Nadal, who will play his 11th Monte Carlo final on Sunday. If I am healthy and I feel myself competitive, I am happy.

Earlier in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas upset the reigning French Open champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 to win the doubles title. I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all those years, to compete in one of the most handsome events of the year, without a doubt.

After accepting his 10th trophy in Monte Carlo, he spoke with the air of a man who is aware that he is nearing the end of his career and thanked everybody for their support over the years.

2017 edition of the Monte Carlo Masters brought some very interesting results before the semi-final, as both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic failed to reach the last 4.

"I improved my tennis a little-my backhand a little bit", Ramos-Vinolas answered when asked about his hot streak.

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