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Nadal Wins Historic 10th Monte-Carlo Title

Rafael Nadal captured an incredible 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday in beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in the 76-minute final. Nadal’s 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, one shy of record-holder Novak Djokovic (30), marks the first time in the Open Era (since April 1968) that any man has won a singles tournament on 10 occasions.

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.

His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco presented Nadal with the trophy after he improved to a 63-4 match record at the Monte-Carlo County Club, receiving an incredible ovation for his moment of tennis history from the capacity crowd. World No. 7 Nadal earned 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and will now travel to Barcelona, where he will look to further add to his legacy as the undisputed ‘King of Clay’, with €820,035 in prize money.

Nadal has now won an ATP World Tour title for the 14th year in a row (since 2004) and has a 70-35 mark in title matches during his illustrious career.

Fourth seed Nadal, who had practised first-strike tennis on Court Rainier III hours before the afternoon final, put Ramos-Vinolas under immediate pressure in his first service game, but he could not convert three break point opportunities. In targeting Ramos-Vinolas’ backhand with his heavy topspin forehand, Nadal created space and in the fourth game secured a 3-1 advantage with a break to love. A second service break followed at 1-4, 15/40, when Ramos-Vinolas struck a forehand into the net. Nadal, who had been quick to move up the court for the short ball, clinched the 30-minute set with an ace.

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Ramos-Vinolas, who attempted not to be pushed back farther behind the baseline, settled down in the early stages of the second set, but at 2-2 the relentless depth and pace of Nadal saw the World No. 24 get broken for a third time (to 30) with a mis-timed backhand that sailed long.

Nadal experienced a brief wobble when leading 4-3, dropping to 0/30, but clever placement ensured short responses for routine groundstroke winners. At 3-5, Ramos-Vinolas buckled under tremendous pressure. Having saved two championship points, courtesy of Nadal errors, Ramos-Vinolas hit a double fault on Nadal’s third championship point.

“I think that he was a little bit better in everything,” admitted Ramos-Vinolas. “When he’s a little bit better in everything, the difference is what we saw in the match. I also think I didn’t serve well, to be honest. I think he served really well today. Last time I played against him, I felt that on the return I had the opportunity to apply some pressure.

“It’s not easy to play a final against Rafa Nadal, to play with no sun today. He has a little bit more power than me in his game. Also, I think the cloud today didn’t help me. Obviously, I think that even if it has been sunny, I would have probably lost as well, but maybe it would have been a little bit different. To play a final against him today, it was not easy.”

It was the pair’s third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (Nadal leads 3-0), following on from victories in 2013 and 2014 at Barcelona. Nadal extended his perfect 14-0 record of never having lost to a fellow Spaniard in an ATP World Tour final.

It was the first all left-handed Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final since 2010, when Nadal swept past his compatriot Fernando Verdasco, and the fourth all-Spanish final in the tournament’s history – 2002 Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Carlos Moya, 2010 Nadal d. Verdasco and 2011 Nadal d. David Ferrer. Three-time former finalist and former World No. 1 Boris Becker watched Nadal’s historic win unfold.


Ramos-Vinolas had put together the best week of his career in posting back-to-back victory over World No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 8-ranked Marin Cilic and No. 17-ranked Lucas Pouille. He had been attempting to become the first player outside of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to win the Monte-Carlo title since No. 31 Alberto Mancini in 1989 (d. Becker).

On Monday, the 29-year-old Spaniard will crack the Top 20 for the first time at No. 19.

Bopanna And Cuevas Combine For Monte-Carlo Crown

Indian Rohan Bopanna and Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas captured their first ATP World Tour team title on Sunday when they defeated seventh-seeded Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 in 74 minutes in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final. Bopanna and Cuevas earned 1,000 points in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings and share €253,950 in prize money.

Bopanna, who adds to his Aircel Chennai Open crown (w/Nedunchezhiyan) this year, is now 16-24 lifetime in doubles finals and 4-4 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title matches. Cuevas improved to 7-7 in team finals, also adding a second trophy in 2017 to his Rio Open presented by Claro run (w/Carreno Busta). It was his second piece of Masters 1000 silverware, adding to the 2015 Internazionali BNL d’Italia (w/Marrero).

“I’m really happy, as I didn’t started the season well,” said Cuevas. “I’m happy to win with my partner in the first tournament on European clay and I hope for a good run through to Paris.”

“I’m really happy to win our first title together,” said Bopanna. “I’ve come to Monte-Carlo so many years, it’s such a historic tournament. We had a tough start to the season, but it’s great to have won. We came through some close Match tie-breaks this week and it’s a good start to the clay season. I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournaments.”


Marc Lopez came under pressure in his first service game at 1-2, 30/40, when Bopanna feinted a switch at the net off a long rally to strike a forehand volley winner into space. Bopanna and Cuevas held onto the break and wrapped up a 28-minute set when Feliciano Lopez mis-timed a forehand wide on Bopanna’s serve at 40/15.

In the first game of the second set, Feliciano Lopez did well to hold as he recovered from 30/40 – including two break points. At 1-2, 30/40, Cuevas over-hit a lob long to gift the Spaniards their first service break and it proved to be enough for Feliciano Lopez, serving at 5-3, to strike two straight aces for a hold to 30.

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The greater weight of groundstroke by Bopanna and Cuevas was felt in the Match tie-break as the pair took a 6/0 lead, largely targeting the volleys of Marc Lopez. Although Team Lopez recovered to 4/8, Cuevas sealed the first match point opportunity with a forehand down the line that Feliciano Lopez could not return cleanly.

Lopez and Lopez, who won last year’s Roland Garros trophy, will now travel to the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell with 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and an equal share of the €124,330 in prize money. They were trying to become the third Spanish team to win the Monte-Carlo title in the Open Era (since April 1968), joining Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez in 1988 and Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo in 2008.

Feliciano Lopez is now 3-10 lifetime in team finals (0-2 in Masters 1000 finals), while Marc Lopez dropped to 13-17 overall in title matches (2-4 in Masters 1000 finals).

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