Nadal wins 10th Monte Carlo title, makes history

Tennis- Monte Carlo Masters

Tennis- Monte Carlo Masters

It is Nadal's first title of the year that gives him the ideal preparation for next month's French Open where he is also chasing number a 10th title.

He was previously level on clay titles with Argentine Guillermo Vilas.

"It's not easy to play a final, to play against Rafa Nadal, to play with no sun today".

Nadal lost his first two service points in the following game before recomposing himself and winning for a 5-3 lead. Next up is the Barcelona Open - a tournament he has won nine times.

The most consecutive seasons winning at least one singles title by men in the Open Era is held by Federer (15, 2001-15), followed by Nadal (14, 2004-17), Lendl (14, 1980-93) and Connors (13, 1972-84).

The only final the 30-year-old Nadal has lost at Monte Carlo was to Novak Djokovic in 2013.

"It has been an fantastic week on one of the most important events on the Tour", said Nadal after claiming his 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, one shy of record-holder Novak Djokovic.

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With the win, Nadal has made himself the most successful clay court player of all time. He secured the 76-minute match on a double fault by Ramos-Vinolas to repeat as champion.

"The next step is not Roland Garros, the next step is Barcelona", said Nadal. Last time I played against him, I felt that on the return it was my chance to put some pressure.

The Spaniard had little trouble against his fellow countryman in defending the title he reclaimed last year after a three-year gap from his eight-year run of consecutive titles.

Ramos-Vinolas, who beat world number one Andy Murray en route to the final, can reflect proudly on having reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final, but his compatriot was simply too good on the day. "There are some moments in the career are important ones".

"But I never take Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid like a preparation for one tournament. When he's a little bit better in everything, the difference after, it's what we saw in the match", said Ramos-Vinolas.

The 10th-seeded Goffin was 3-2 up and on game point when chair umpire Cedric Mourier ruled a Nadal shot was in but the Hawk eye system, which is not being used by officials on clay, showed the ball was long.

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