In his fourth final of 2017, and first on clay, Rafael Nadal captured his first title of the year at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters this past weekend.
The Spaniard asserted himself as the undisputed “King of Clay” by winning the tournament. It was Nadal’s 10th Monte Carlo trophy and 50th career clay title. 50 of Nadal’s 70 career titles have come on clay.
— Tennis Photos (@tennis_photos) April 24, 2017
Nadal breezed through his draw, relatively untroubled by any opponent. Nadal only dropped one set en route to the title, coming in the second round to Kyle Edmund. He defeated Edmund, Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman, David Goffin, and countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas to make history.
In the championship match, Nadal dominated Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in 76 minutes. Crediting a good serving performance, Nadal did not face a break point in the match. He hit five aces, served at 76% and won 81% of first service points and 70% of second serves. He was able to break his compatriot four times and held Ramos-Vinolas to a 56% first serve percentage.
Statistically, this was the least-troubled Nadal has been en route to a Masters 1000 title. A masterful performance after an inspired start to the 2017 season.
Even the ball kids organized accordingly. Nice touch #10 pic.twitter.com/N5gb4SakIE
— Rob Koenig (@RobKoenigTennis) April 23, 2017
Nadal’s 10 Monte Carlo titles currently holds the record of most titles by any player at one event. All eyes will turn to Barcelona this week and to Roland Garros this May to see if Nadal can add to his historic tally.
Nadal’s first of 29 Masters 1000 title came in Monte Carlo in 2005. He only trails Novak Djokovic, who holds 30 titles. Roger Federer is close behind with 26 titles to his name. There may be a dramatic shift in these standings as the season progresses.
Chomp, chomp, chomp…
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 23, 2017
Feature photo via Twitter.