Rafael Nadal: This Monte Carlo Victory Confirms That I Am Better Now!

by Tom Gainey | April 18th, 2016, 2:03 pm

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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15 Comments for Rafael Nadal: This Monte Carlo Victory Confirms That I Am Better Now!

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Hope you get betterer and betterer!

Green Lady Says:

9 FOs, 9 MCs, 9 Barcelona titles ?, 9 seems to be a magic number for Rafa ….

Okiegal Says:

@Green Lady…..I just looked at those stats last night…..you’re right 9 seems to be the magic number….change that Rafa!!

Okiegal Says:

I wonder who will be first to step forward and make light of everything Rafa said in this article?? 😕

Wog Boy Says:

It would be interesting to read TX if Rafa wins FO this year, GOAT debate will start all over again..and Rafa is peaking at the right time, one more CC title and he will be favorite to win it.

elina Says:

It will be more interesting if Nole wins as I think he would arguably take that distinction from Nadal, and deservedly so (for now).

I’d rather wait until both their careers have ended.

Nadal played extremely well at times last week but he still has much work to do to return to the consistency required to win a slam including RG.

Okiegal Says:

^^^^elina….Will have to agree with your second paragraph….He is going to have to start backing up those breaks……and a few more free points on serve…..things would be better….

Wog Boy Says:

Nole is little bit short to get into that debate, he is yet to catch up with Rafa, though he has few nice “stand alone” records against his name, but not enough to enter debate.
Trust me, Rafa is picking at the right time, this is stil his turf.

Markus Says:

A bit late but congratulations to Nadal and his long suffering fans (yes, Okiegal, I’m talking to you, and GL too). What a confidence building week he had. On clay, Nadal remains supreme.

Wog Boy Says:

“peaking” not “picking”:(

Okiegal Says:

Markus, thanks! Appreciate you kind comments…..as I said the other day “Markus….you rockus”…lol

Ronn Says:

Until he beats Djoko he hasn’t proven anything, IMO…

Green Lady Says:

Right glad we got that one clear then, any titles Rafa or the field win, are less legit, if they dont go through Novak to do it, even if its a final like this one that he didnt even make ? ….

Green Lady Says:

Markus thankyou so much, your another gentleman on this forum ;-)) ….

nits Says:

Winning a tournament is more important them beating a particular player
@ Ronn He will beat Djokovic one day you will just have to be a bit more patient for that maybe this year down the road

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