Published: Sat, April 29, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nadal makes Open-era history with 10th Monte Carlo Masters crown

Nadal makes Open-era history with 10th Monte Carlo Masters crown

Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will be squaring off for the third time in their careers when they clash in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday afternoon.

Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 for his 50th career claycourt title.

Nadal, runner-up at this year's Australian Open and Miami Open to Roger Federer and to Sam Querrey in Acapulco, did not face a single break point, wrapping the match up in 76 minutes.

The victory also sees Nadal clinch his 50th clay-court crown (50-8), breaking the record he shared with Guillermo Vilas since 24 April 2016, when Nadal lifted his ninth trophy at the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell.

"I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most attractive events of the year, without a doubt", Nadal said.

"Then it is obvious I would like to win".

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"Now, a lot of years later, this is something I could have never dreamt". "I'm really happy to win our first title together". "I never expected anything like this week to happen to me (wins over Andy Murray and Marin Cilic)". The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.

Nadal looked emotional when the Spanish national anthem was played.

Nadal has made a brilliant start to the season and the final at Monte-Carlo was his fourth of the season, but he had come up short in the previous three.

The Mallorcan broke for 3-2 in the second set when Ramos sent a backhand long and from then on Nadal was unstoppable. This is his second final of the year (fell to Pablo Cuevas in Sao Paulo) to go along with three other semifinal finishes and three other quarterfinal showings-all on clay.

"It's not easy to play a final, to play against Rafa Nadal, to play with no sun today". I think that he was a little bit better in everything. "When he's a little bit better in everything, the difference after, it's what we saw in the match", said the 29-year-old.

Ramos-Vinolas was featuring in a Masters 1000 final for the first time after a tremendous week where he claimed back-to-back wins over top-10 opposition for the first time. I also have more confidence.

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