Nadal Rolls to 10th Monte Carlo Title Setting Numerous ATP Records
by Staff | April 23rd, 2017, 3:02 pm
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Rafael Nadal won a 10th Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, becoming the first man to win 10 titles at a single event in the Open Era (since 1968).


Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 for his 50th career claycourt title.

“To win 10 times at such an important event like Monte Carlo is something difficult to describe my feelings,” Nadal said. “Every year has been a different feeling. At the same time it is always a unique moment, every time, I have this trophy with me. There is a little bit of luck, lot of things coming together to win this 10th title in an event like Monte Carlo.”

Nadal improved to a 63-4 win-loss record in Monte Carlo, and improved to 70-35 in career finals.

“I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year, without a doubt,” Nadal said. “I am very happy to win another one. For me, it is a very important day in my career.”

Ramos-Vinolas fell to 0-3 career against Nadal, double faulting on match point.

“I think that he was a little bit better in everything,” Ramos-Vinolas said. “When he’s a little bit better in everything, the difference is what we saw in the match. I also think I didn’t serve well, to be honest. I think he served really well today. Last time I played against him, I felt that on the return I had the opportunity to apply some pressure.”

Nadal also improved to 14-0 against Spaniards in tour finals.

Ramos-Vinolas during the week defeated world No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 8-ranked Marin Cilic and No. 17 Lucas Pouille, and will move into the Top 20 on the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday.


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18 Comments for Nadal Rolls to 10th Monte Carlo Title Setting Numerous ATP Records

Humble Rafa Says:

You are welcome. It was my pleasure to set these records.

For those mathematically challenged, 10 is greater than 8. It has always been.


Arun Says:

@Humble Rafa In that case you should be intelligent to figure out that 18 > 14.


Danica Says:

Huge congrats to Rafa and his fans. Not just an amazing masters win but a record set for most titles on a single event. Absolutely great achievement.
Bravo!


Okiegal Says:

@Danica……Thanks for the congrats! An amazing accomplishment for my fave!


the_mind_reels Says:

A great week for Nadal, and congrats to all of his fans here! Really good to see him push through over the finish line at a big tournament, something he’s struggled with so far this year.

I’m a Federer fan, but I will also note that there is nothing less legitimate about Rafa’s win despite him not having to play anyone ranked inside the top 10. As is so often disputed here, a player can only play the best in a tournament that given week. The best are the ones who win their matches and advance the later rounds. Ramos-Vinolas and Goffin proved themselves to be the giant killers in Monte-Carlo, collectively taking out 4 top 10 guys last week. They were the best of the bunch (until playing Nadal), so kudos to Nadal for handling them.


Markus Says:

We, Federer fans, have had our happy moments this year so far. It’s now time for Nadal fans to have their own moments to celebrate. What an outstanding achievement for Nadal to win 10 MC Open titles. I sense a couple of 10s coming soon. Congratulations to Nadal and his followers!


the_mind_reels Says:

@Markus: agreed! These two are far and away the best players on the planet right now.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Awesome win by Rafa.

Here’s the cloud for that silver lining: Rafa looks ready to dominate on clay. You can pencil him in for the finals in Barcelona, Rome and Madrid.

And when you add that to his runs at Indian Wells (finals) and Key Biscayne (semi-finals), we could wind up at the French Open with Rafa having played the toughest schedule of his career. Last year, Rafa came into the French blazing, and then exited with injury. I hope I’m wrong, but I can see this coming again. If Fed can’t win the French, I’d love to see Rafa get his tenth. But, that’s a lot of tennis for this guy.


J-Kath Says:

Unless Roger changes his mind, he is currently not planning to play FO – according to a couple of news comments/articles. If I see such comments again I’ll paste the reference.


the_mind_reels Says:

@J-Kath: last I read was that Federer said it was *possible* he doesn’t play but that it was his intention to compete at Roland Garros. They’play make the final call on May 10, but it sounds like it would be more a decision then to pull out rather than to throw his name in at the last minute.


Danica Says:

I don’t understand that rethoric of “winning a big title without having to play anyone from top 10″. Was this really raised as an issue? The top 10 all tumbled down before Rafa had a chance to play. He played and won against guys who took them out. He played who he had to play, he won, end of story.

I’ve heard this lame argument before where all of the Big 4 were in question. It’s not fair.


J-Kath Says:

the-mind-reels: O.K. – Haven’t seen an update – but recall a reference to him being undecided – wanting to keep his body vibrant and that he prefers grass. We’ll know in the fullness of time.


Ahfi Says:

Oh, he did not play any top 10? I guess it was Rafa’s fault that all the top 10 got knocked out before he got to the final. Remember? It was also Federer’s fault that when he won the French open, Rafa had been knocked out by Soderling.
So many times, Djokovic won big titles with very little playing – people retiring, dropping out etc. Didn’t he, not too long ago, win a slam playing 4 or 5 matches instead of the usual 7? People complain when it’s not their favorite winning! Bias all the way – so be it..


Okiegal Says:

Please …please don’t pencil Rafa in…..,that makes me so nervous……


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..,Thanks


Okiegal Says:

@the mind reels…..Thanks for the congrats regarding Rafa……so happy he won….Rafa needed this win so bad! Fed is doing fantastic this year……he just keeps setting records!!


Willow Says:

50 CC Titles, that sort of domination is just sic, but amazing all the same ….

Nice posts from Markus and The Mind Reels, thanks guys ….


Willow Says:

And yes hardly Rafas fault that all his biggest rivals lost early ….

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