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Nadal routs Ramos-Vinolas to win record 10th Monte Carlo Masters title

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won the Monte-Carlo Masters by defeating his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final on Sunday to become the first player in the Open Era to have won 10 titles of the same tournament.

Nadal, regarded as one of the greatest clay-court players of all time, defeated 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in 76 minutes and became the first player in the Open Era to win 10 Monte-Carlo Masters tournaments and 50 career clay-court titles.

 

"Ten titles here is something that I never dreamed of before. See you next year," said Nadal at the award's ceremony where a video showed every title he claimed at Monte-Carlo dating back to 2005.

Nadal added, "It's really unbelievable. To win 10 times in such an important event like Monte-Carlo is something difficult to describe. Every year has been a different feeling. At the same, it's always a unique moment every time I have this trophy with me. I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all these years and to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year. Very happy to win another one. It's a very important day in my career."

Ramos-Vinolas shared after the match, "Nobody likes to play a final and lose 6-1, 6-3. But I know how it is. I know that I have another tournament. I have to keep going. I will try to have my feedback with the good things I did this week. Not today, but maybe tomorrow I will be proud of myself, and I will restart again for the next tournament."

Ramos-Vinolas was riding on a fantastic week as he eliminated world No.1 Andy Murray and fifth-seeded Marin Cilic en route to the final, while finding it hard to stop Nadal's quest for a historic 10th glory at Monte-Carlo.

After both players split the first two games, Nadal sped up to break twice and take the following five games for 6-1 win, capped by an ace.

At 2-2 in the second set, Nadal broke for the third time, before building a 5-3 lead into Ramos-Vinolas' service. After the underdog saved Nadal's two champion points, his double-fault converted the No. 4 seed's third champion point into a title in a 76-minute match.

This is also Nadal's 70th ATP World Tour title and his 29th ATP Masters 1000 crown, just one title shy of Serbian record-holder Novak Djokovic, who has 30 titles to his name.

Sunday's match was the first all left-handed Monte-Carlo Masters final since 2010, when Nadal won the title against compatriot Fernando Verdasco.

It also marks Nadal's perfect 14-0 record of never losing against a fellow Spaniard in an ATP World Tour final.

Singles - Final

[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [15] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 63

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