Congrats to Rafael Nadal who captured an incredible seventh straight Rolex Monte Carlo Masters beating his friend David Ferrer 64, 75.
After his 37th straight Monte Carlo win, Nadal has now won 30 career clay titles which ties him with Bjorn Borg, someone Rafa thinks he can’t be compared to just yet. Well Rafa, this writer thinks you are far better than Bjorn.
And since his loss to Robin Soderling at the French Open in 2009, Nadal has won 26 straight matches on the red dirt.
Nadal now shifts focus to his home country event of Barcelona which he’s also won five straight times!
Some quotes from Rafael:
“It’s really emotional and unbelievable for me. [To] start the clay season like this is fantastic, but [it] is fantastic winning Monte Carlo another time. Probably is a tournament that in the category of [ATP World Tour Masters] 1000 tournaments is the one that I feel more emotional when I am playing for the history of the tournament because here in 2003 everything started.
“[To] win seven times in a row anywhere is almost impossible I think. But to win Monte Carlo, all the best players in the world are here, you always have tough matches, is impossible to imagine for me. So I am very lucky, I think.”
“I hope this victory will help me a lot for the confidence. Maybe I am a little bit more nervous than usual. I’m playing a little bit more defensive than what I have to do. So hopefully this victory is a lot of confidence for me after playing two finals in a row. So the positive results are coming. Hopefully I’m going to play much more aggressive.”
And from Ferrer:
Ferrer: ”Rafa is incredible on clay. I mean, he’s everywhere at the same time. He’s the best player on clay in history.”
“Generally speaking I’m very happy. I’m happy with my game also. I was a bit sad about certain moments. But generally speaking I’m happy. I’m satisfied with my game. Reaching the finals here is very difficult to achieve and I’m very happy.”
And here’s the ATP post-match Interview & highlights:
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