Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis player sets yet another record breaking ‘La Decima’ in Monte Carlo by defeating his Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in the final on Sunday to become the first man to win the same tournament 10-prodigious-times!
The ‘King of Clay’ hook-line-sinker defeated Ramos-Vinolas to win the 10th Monte Carlo title, making him the first man in the Open Era (since 1968) to win 10 titles at any one tournament. It also was his record 50th clay-court crown, snapping a tie with Guillermo Vilas. Nadal won eight Monte Carlo titles in a row from 2005 to 2012 but then lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final; and then won the title again last year as the 9th title.
On winning the finale and hence the 10th Monte Carlo Masters crown, Nadal said, “I cannot explain the feelings that I have. To win 10 times at such an important event like Monte Carlo, it’s something difficult to describe my feelings. I feel lucky to keep playing tennis and being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year, without a doubt. I am very happy to win another one. For me, it is a very important day in my career.”
The historic “La Decima” will draw the headlines, but there’s an abundance of Nadal’s accomplishments to acknowledge (all Open Era). Here’s a list of the achievements of the King of Clay’s triumphs and achievements:
- 14 straight years with an ATP title
- 1st man to 50 clay titles
- 6th man to win 70 titles
- 2nd man to win a Masters title in his teens, 20s and 30s
- 13-year span of Masters titles
- 29th Masters title, within one of moving back into tie with Djokovic for the lead
- The 2nd youngest AND 4th oldest man to win a Masters since 1990
All these achievements will be enough for Nadal to remain in the top five of the ATP rankings for quite some time. Nadal will be soon matching the 10th title in Barcelona Open trophy in the Catalan city; leaving him little but worth-it time to celebrate for the newly set record.