Rafael Nadal won his tenth Monte Carlo Masters title today and wrote his name in the history books.
The Spaniard beat compatriot, Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 to become become the first player in the Open Era (since April 1968) to win a tournament 10 times.
He’d also claim a record-breaking 50th clay-court crown, 70th career trophy and his 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. Nadal also owns nine titles both at Barcelona and the French Open.
It was the first time World No. 24 Ramos-Vinolas, would play in the Masters 1000 final.
If he had registered an upset against Nadal, he too would become the first player outside of the Top 20 to lift the Monte-Carlo trophy since No. 31 Alberto Mancini in 1989 (d. Becker).
Ramos-Vinolas, the No. 15 seed, overcame No. 11 seed Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the semi-final to book a date with compatriot Rafael Nadal, who beat 10th seed David Goffin of Belgium.
The All-Spanish final will mark only the fourth time in the tournament’s history that there has been an all-Spanish title match (2002 Ferrero d. Moya, 2010 Nadal d. Verdasco and 2011 Nadal d. Ferrer).