Rafael Nadal Wins 11th Monte Carlo Title for Record 31st Masters Series Title
(April 22, 2018) Rafael Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times. His win also gives him a record 31 Masters Series titles, one ahead of Novak Djokovic.
“It’s unbelievable,” Nadal said after the match.
“It’s something difficult to imagine.”
The win, which was his 76th tournament title, keeps the Spaniard at No. 1 in the world.
“My true feeling is these kind of things are not going to happen forever, so I just try to enjoy them and to play with the full passion and with the full energy and concentration, full love for the sport until I can,” said Nadal.
“I know the day to say goodbye is closer than 10 years ago. It is something that I am not worried about, but it is a real thing. So I am just enjoying every day and trying to play with the best attitude possible, to keep being happy playing tennis. That’s all.”
“Of course it is a special day for me. Winning again this title here in Monte-Carlo means a lot, especially because it is the first tournament in the year that I finished. To have the victory in a Masters 1000, especially in Monte-Carlo, that for me is one of the most important ones in terms of personal feeling and in terms of history of our sport. I am very excited and very happy for everything.”
Nadal lost a total of only 21 games en route to the title. This was first tournament that the 16-time major winner completed since last year. Nadal had to retire from his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open with a right hip injury.
Nadal plays next in Barcelona, where he is the defending champion. He’ll be attempting to win that title for an eighth time.