This has been a frustrating year, particularly for, Rafael Nadal, who lost 3 finals this year to the evergreen legend, Roger Federer. Nadal has been playing good tennis but was not able to convert that into titles. The Spaniard added yet another feather to his cap by winning a record 10th time Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. It was a pretty easy ladder to climb for Nadal. He defeated his Spanish counterpart quite easily in straight sets. The 14-time Grand Slam champion crushed the 15th seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets of 6-1, 6-3. With this, he became the first man in the open era to win any tournament 10 times.
Nadal is currently ranked 7 in the world rankings. By winning this title, he surpassed the great Argentinean Guillermo Vilas’, who had a record of winning 49 clay court titles. The Spaniard has now won 50 clay court titles, most by one in the open era. This was his first title after winning the Barcelona open later year, for a record 9 times.
It was an easy-breezy match for Nadal. He made his intentions clear from the starting, playing an aggressive game. He didn’t do much hard work to win the first set 6-1 against his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Vinolas had previously met Nadal on 2 occasions, losing both the matches to the king of clay. Although, Vinolas did have an interesting road to the finals. He defeated Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and reached his first ever final. However, he could not stop Nadal from delivering his a- game and lost badly. In the first set, Nadal didn’t face even one break point, clinching a near perfect set. However, in the second set, Vinolas was looking good in the starting, keeping the score at the level at 2-2. The closest, Vinolas came to breaking Nadal’s serve was at 2-3, where he was leading by 30-0, before Nadal made a comeback and crushed the hopes of fellow Spaniard. Vinolas did manage to escape 2 match points, before he did a double fault at the 3rd match point and gifted the game to Nadal.
Although Nadal’s opponent was not as strong as Roger Federer, he would be satisfied with his victory, after a long period of a dry spell. This is Nadal’s 29th ATP Masters 1000 crown and his 70th career title overall. As hard working person as he is, he would be eyeing the next Grand Slam and would definitely love to beat some big dogs of the sport.
Greatest of all time
Nadal makes a strong case of being called best in the world by this win. Nadal has the greatest win/loss record on the surface. He earned 374 wins with a meager 34 losses, giving him 91.6 win record over the course of his career. The 14-time grand slam champion has certainly earned the right to be called the greatest of all time.
His enigmatic career has been studded with lots of silverware. He now, has the challenge of Barcelona Open upcoming up next, where he will be facing the big dogs. Nadal will be going into the tournament as one of the favorites. We hope that Barcelona Open will become another achievement, to be added to his illustrious career.