The world number seven is eyeing to become the first man in Open era to win 10 tournament titles and has been dominant enroute to the title match in the ongoing tournament.
He now boasts an incredible 62-4 win-loss record at the Monte-Carlo Country Club and only Albert Ramos-Vinolas stands in the way of preventing his compatriot seizing his 50th clay court title and first this year.
Rafael Nadal was quite sublime in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday as he stormed past Albert Ramos Viñolas to lift the title.
It was Nadal's 50th career title on his favored surface, moving him one clear of Argentine Guillermo Vilas. At the award ceremony, Nadal said, "I feel privileged to play here every year". There is no need for Hawkeye on the court and it is not used in the clay tournaments. "It's tough to believe that I am again in a final here, it is unbelievable news for me", Nadal said. In semi-finals, he defeated 11 seed Lucas Pouille in three sets and will be appearing in his fifth career final overall and second final of 2017.
The fact Vinolas' serve didn't possess the same fury gave Nadal the edge he needed to further cement his place as a clay-court legend, winning with his third attempt at match point while breaking his enemy for the fourth time.
Nadal immediately claimed a second successive break and with a 5-1 lead suffered his first test and Ramos-Vinolas moved 0-30 in front, but Nadal reeled off four straight points to stave off the threat and seal the set. "Then he seemed exhausted and I was feeling fresh, physically and mentally, maybe that's why I won", Ramos Vinolas said. But the Nadal reputation must have looked like the side of mountain to a Ramos-Vinolas who had grown up watching the achievements of his illustrious colleague.
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An energized Nadal now takes aim at double-digit title totals in both Barcelona and Paris where a revitalized Rafa takes aim at prolonging the flawless 10.
Ramos-Vinolas saved two championship points at 3-5, courtesy of Nadal errors, before hitting a double fault on the third. Nadal said. "That's why there is an umpire there".
"I have nothing against Cedric, he's a very nice guy", Goffin said.
"I think that he was a little bit better in everything", Ramos-Vinolas admitted. We came through some close Match tie-breaks this week and it's a good start to the clay season.
"What I did in the first set today, I will also have to do tomorrow to make it hard for him".