Rafael Nadal collected his biggest title since the 2014 French Open yesterday by winning his ninth Monte Carlo title beating Gael Monfils in three sets.
The win wrapped up an impressive week for Nadal who’s had his share of struggles this season. Nadal posted victories over four Top 16 players in succession, defeating Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and then Monfils.
“Have been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “Is obvious, I say at the beginning of the season, I feel myself much better than the year before. If you don’t confirm that with results.
“The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy, no? Is very, very emotional week for me, very important event. Probably Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt.
“I know I worked hard to have this trophy with me. I am enjoying this moment. Is emotional moment after some tough moments.
“Still not 100% perfect, but still is much, much better of everything.”
But is the King of Clay really back? Is he really ready to run the clay table again like he used to do?
“We’ll see in the next six months,” Nadal said. “For the moment is a day to enjoy. Is a so important victory for me. I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow I start to think about Barcelona. Is another important event for me.
“I need to keep going. Very positive week. Next week is another tournament and I need to be ready.”
Nadal will look to continue his momentum this week in Barcelona where he’s also trying to win for a ninth time.
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