Nadal claims record-extending 10th Monte Carlo title

Posted April 24, 2017

In addition, at the age of 30 years and 10 months Nadal is also the 4th oldest victor of the Masters 1000 trophy, behind Roger Federer, Andre Agassi and Ivan Ljubicic.

"It really is unbelievable", Nadal, who won eight Monte Carlo titles in a row from 2005 to 2012 before regaining it a year ago, said. The Spaniard won eight consecutive titles in the Principality, from 2005 to 2012, and added a ninth title past year.

Nadal, who is looking to win his 70th career title, is the clear favourite to win the Monte Carlo Masters today and is really excited to get the match going. I'm very happy because this is a very important event for me and it's my first tournament on clay so it's great to be able to play in the final again. His early-season exploits - runner-up finish at Australian Open, Acapulco and Miami Masters on hard courts - has given a lot of confidence and the positivity has been evident over the last few days in Monte Carlo.

Does this mean that we'll see Djokovic and Nadal competing for the majority of the clay court tournaments over the next two months?

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. The Spaniard is second on the all-time list, after Djokovic (30), and ahead of Federer (26) and Andy Murray (14).

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Ramos-Vinolas is entering the final on the back of consecutive victories over Top-10 players.

He wasted three break points in the second game as Ramos levelled for 1-1.

The 30-year-old Nadal is hailed "The King of Clay" for a reason.

Nadal will be hunting for a 10th title at Roland Garros, too.

"When I came here for the first time (in 2003) I reached the third round after coming through the qualifiers", Nadal said.

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Outclassed by an iconic champion today, Ramos-Vinolas will reap the rewards of a breakthrough tournament.

"I finally found the way to create damage on the opponent", Nadal said afterward. I have been hitting very well on backhand during the whole week.

Pouille was two points away from losing at one point in the third set before rallying for a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 victory over 16th-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

The 26 year-old Belgian of course argued the point, with the spectators on his side, but Mourier did not budge and forced Goffin and Nadal to replay the point.

"Well, I think it's that one", Mourier says, leaning forward and pointing centrally.

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