PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins his tenth Monte Carlo Masters after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Rafael Nadal claimed a tenth Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The King of Clay won 6-1 , 6-3 and it was his 70th title – his 29th ATP World Tour Masters title and his 50th clay-court crown.

Rafa:

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.

This was his first tournament victory of 2017, having won only two in 2016, and means he has claimed clay-court titles in each of the past 14 years.

The victory will be viewed as perfect preparation for our champ as he gears up to battle for a 10th French Open crown next month.

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Rafael Nadal shares his thoughts on controversial call against David Goffin

Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands at the net after his straight sets victory against David Goffin of Belgium in their semi final round match on day seven of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 22, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (April 21, 2017 – Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Goffin match.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is it the first time for you that you come out winning a match, going into a final, and being whistled at by the crowd, even if you don’t deserve it? Has it happened before?
RAFAEL NADAL: Didn’t happen in the end.

Probably sometimes that happens because sometimes the people don’t have the whole information. That’s the real thing, no? Sometimes the people don’t know what’s going on real on a tennis match. I can give a ball, and I did a lot of times in my career, if the ball is in my side.

The proof that I believe on what David thinks when I see that David marks the ball, I went to pick up the towel, preparing for the next game. You can check on the TV.

When the umpire goes down and says the ball is good, what I can say? No, the ball is out. That’s why there is an umpire there. If the ball is on my side, I see the ball is in, I give the ball to the other side. There is realistic, no?

Well, for me is sometimes sad, especially in a place that I had a lot of success, in a place that I love. Difficult for me to love a tournament more than this one. But that’s part of the business, too.

Sometimes that happens. I receive huge support from the crowd always, all around the world. Here, too, every day.

Today, I don’t know why. But happened. That’s it. But I’m sure is only a thing of today. At the end of the day, it’s not true, when I qualify for the final, the people was (whistle) to me. Was during the match, not at the end of the match. Not at all.

Q. Do you think this kind of situation makes a point for having Hawkeye on clay, too?
RAFAEL NADAL: Tough thing to say. In my opinion, if we made that happen, then the Hawkeye will be on trouble, you know?

Q. That means that you don’t believe that much in Hawkeye?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not hundred percent. I am sure.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal shares his thoughts on controversial call against David Goffin”

Watch Highlights from Rafael Nadal’s win over David Goffin in Monte Carlo SFs

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal faced Belgian David Goffin for a place in the final of the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Enjoy the pick of the action.

[VIDEO] Rafael Nadal’s thoughts on the Monte Carlo final

Rafael Nadal talks about reaching his 11th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final.

Monte Carlo Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Albert Ramos-Vinolas?

Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard and No. 15 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Sunday’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final.

Date: April 23, 2017

Match time: 2:30 PM local time / 8:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  1:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafael Nadal celebrates to the crowd after his straight sets victory against David Goffin of Belgium in their semi final round match on day seven of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 22, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafa leads World No. 24 Ramos-Vinolas 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series, with victories at the 2013 and 2015 Barcelona Open.

Rafa on playing Ramos-Vinolas:

He’s playing better than ever. He’s winning huge matches during the whole week. He’s playing with big confidence, with great spirit and fight, overcoming tough situations in every match and playing a high level of tennis all the time.

I know that I need to be at my best to keep having chances, to fight for another title here. That’s what I am looking for.

Should Rafa win the final, he will become the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles in one tournament. The win tomorrow will also give Rafa his 50th clay court title, breaking his record of most clay court titles in the open era (he currently shares the record with Guillermo Vilas). [via Tennis Channel]

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats David Goffin to reach Monte Carlo final

Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to clinching his 10th Monte Carlo Masters title with a routine victory over David Goffin in the semi-final in Monaco. He won 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and 30 minutes.

Rafa will face next compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who reached his first Masters final by beating Lucas Pouille.

According to ATP World Tour, Rafa is now one match win away from becoming the first man in the Open Era (since April 1968) to earn 10 tournament titles. With victory over Ramos-Vinolas he will clinch a record 50th clay-court crown. On Sunday, the superstar will also be pursuing his first ATP World Tour title since 24 April 2016 in Barcelona (d. Nishikori) and the 70th crown of his career.

Barcelona Open Draw 2017: Rafael Nadal Goes For Record 10th Barcelona Title

The draw for the Barcelona tournament is out. Rafael Nadal will start his title defense by playing the winner of a match between Rogerio Dutra Silva (No. 70) and Renzo Olivo (No. 93).

Seeds in Rafa’s half include A. Zverev, Kolhschrieber, Ferrer, Goffin, Cuevas, Sousa and Nishikori. Seeds in the other half are A. Murray, F. Lopez, Ramos-Vinolas, Bautista Agut, Thiem, M. Zverev, Gasquet and Carreno Busta.

Photo via Barcelona Open

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Rogerio Dutra Silva or Renzo Olivo
  • 3rd round: Philipp Kolhschrieber
  • Quarter-final: Alexander Zverev
  • Semi-final: Kei Nishikori
  • Final: Andy Murray
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Andy Murray vs Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Alexander Zverev vs Rafael Nadal
  • David Goffin vs Kei Nishikori

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For Rafa this will be his 13th participation at the tournament, where he will play for his 10th title. During Rafa’s 12 appearances in the City of Barcelona, he has compiled a 49-3 record.

UPDATED: Kei Nishikori has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a right wrist injury. Frenchman Benoit Paire will take his spot in the draw.

Source: ATP World Tour