Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has become the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times after winning the Monte Carlo Masters title for on Sunday with an impressive 6-1 6-3 victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Nadal was champion at the clay court event from 2005 to 2012 successively and also lifted the trophy again last year – which he defended well this year.
“It really is unbelievable. To win 10 times at such an important event like Monte-Carlo, it’s something difficult to describe my feelings,” Nadal said after his triumph.
The 30-year old also became the first man to win 50 clay-court crowns, surpassing Guillermo Vilas at 49; and makes his His 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, placing him second all-time.
It is Nadal’s first title in 2017, as he had lost three finals so far this year, including the Australian Open against arch rival Roger Federer.
“I think after a lot of years of experience on this tour, you learn how to enjoy every moment,” he added.
“Today is a day to enjoy.
“I feel lucky to keep playing tennis [and] being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year, without a doubt. I am very happy to win another one. For me, it is a very important day in my career.”
“It has been an amazing week on one of the most important events on the Tour. I played well here, which helps me a lot to start the claycourt season with confidence,” he stated.
The Spaniard is also aiming for a 10th French Open title in May.
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