With his 11th Monte Carlo title yesterday, Rafael Nadal took sole possession of the most Masters titles in history, passing Novak Djokovic with 31.
Nadal also has amassed 76 career titles including a record 54 on clay.
“I always repeat the same,” Nadal said. “My true feeling is these kind of things not going to happen forever, so just try to enjoy and to play with the full passion and with the full energy and concentration, full love for the sport until I can. That’s it.
“I know the day to say good-bye is closer than 10 years ago. Is something that I am not worried about, but is a real thing. So just enjoying every day and trying to play with the best attitude possible, to keep being happy playing tennis, no? That’s all.
“Yeah, of course is a special day for me. Winning again this title here in Monte-Carlo means a lot, especially because is the first tournament in the year that I finished. Have the victory in a Masters 1000, especially in Monte-Carlo, that for me is, yeah, one of the most important ones in terms of personal feeling and in terms of history of our sport.
“Very excited and very happy for everything.”
Nadal will try to add two more next month in Madrid and Rome. And with Roger Federer closing in on 37 and Djokovic in limbo, will anyone catch Rafa?
MOST MASTERS TITLES
Rafael Nadal 31
Novak Djokovic 30
Roger Federer 27
Andre Agassi 17
Andy Murray 14
Pete Sampras 11
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