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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