Rafael Nadal Wins 7th-Straight Monte Carlo Title
Rafael Nadal is still the king of the claycourts at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Spanish world no.1 survived a gritty stand by countryman David Ferrer in their final match on Sunday to pull off a 6-4, 7-5, victory and secure his seventh-straight title at the event. The victory also extended Nadal’s winning streak at the tournament to 37 matches. He has never been beaten in this tournament since he lost to Guillermo Coria in 2003. The Monte Carlo title is Nadal’s first Masters championship this year after losing to Novak Djokovic in the finals at Indian Wells and Miami. “It was hard to lose, especially the Miami one, so I was a little bit more defensive today,” Nadal said. “To lose three in a row is tough. So I was a little bit nervous when I had a chance to win.”
It was also some sore of payback for Nadal as he avenged one of his four losses this year. Ferrer defeated an injured Nadal in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January, but could not pull off the same result this time on the world no.1’s favorite surface. “Well, Rafa is incredible on clay… He’s the best player on clay in history,” Ferrer said through a translator after the match.