Rafael Nadal wins his 11th Monte Carlo Masters after beating Kei Nishikori

Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over Kei Nishikori.

The King of Clay won 6-3, 6-2 and it was his 76th title – his 31st ATP World Tour Masters title and his 54th clay-court crown. He became the first male tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 11 times — 13 years after his first title here.

Nishikori was chasing a first Masters title, but the Japanese player took 11 minutes to hold for 1-1. He got some brief hope, breaking Rafa with a superb passing shot at full stretch to lead 2-1, but meekly surrendered the next four games. The second set was a procession and Rafa won on his first match point with a stinging backhand winner.

 

Rafa:

I want to thank all my team and my family. We had some tough moments during the last five months after a couple of injuries in a row. It’s great to have a group of great people behind me. I can say thank you very much always for being there and supporting me when I really need it.

It’s always special for me to be back here, having this trophy. It’s one of the most important events of the year for me.

I want to congratulate Kei for a great week. It’s always difficult to be back from injury and I’m happy to see you again playing well.

Rafa has now won an ATP World Tour title for the 15th year in a row (since 2004). Ever since making his tour-level debut in 2003, our champ has compiled a 392-35 match record on the dirt – the best winning percentage of any player in the Open Era.

Sources: AP, ATP

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31 comments

  1. Super Rafa!!! So so happy for you! You deserve it.
    Wish you every success in all your tournaments – stay injury free and healthy!

    Love you always!! 😍

    Vamos

  2. Congratulations-so satisfying after some tough months😍Enjoy the victory- 11🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆unbelievable times🎊🎉🍾

  3. Well done Rafa! This was never in doubt.

    Enjoy your win, then it’s on to Barcelona. Good luck there champ! Always with you…

  4. What can I say? Total domination! Rafa, so happy for you, and so proud of you! Congratulations to everyone in the “Rafa World”! My hero, stay healthy, and stay unbeatable!❤️

  5. Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Why the error of Albert Ramos-Vinolas instead of Kei Nishikori? Anyway congratulations to you Rafael Nadalo on your 11th Monte Carlo Masters Title. Hope you go on to win an 11th Barcelona Open!

  6. Congratulations to our dear Rafa! With our love and prayers that you stay healthy and focused until Roland Garros! GOD bless you!

  7. Albert Ramos-Vinolas ? when?

    Also Rafa’s record on clay is 396-35, not 392-35.

    Correct and re-design your article.

  8. What a wonderful win! It was a fabulous week in MC. I am especially happy that Rafa remains number one for another week and breaks his tie with McEnroe for weeks at number one. He is now sixth all time at 171!

  9. Congratulations Rafa! Live to watch you play!
    ❤️🎉🍾🙏🏼for your good health!
    Vamos!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  10. This is the 36th straight set he has won on clay ! . Unbelievable should be changed to Rafaelavable.
    11 Monte Carlo titles and more to come.
    Vamos king

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