The fourth seed, who is also targeting a 10th Roland Garros trophy this year, was always in command as he claimed his first ATP title since triumphing in Barcelona a year ago.
As the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times, Rafael Nadal showed Sunday he’s likely the best ever on clay after easily beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.It was Nadal’s 50th career title on his favored surface, moving him one clear of Argentine Guillermo Vilas. The next big challenge for Nadal will be winning a 10th French Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.
The 14-times grand slam champion had won his two previous encounters against Ramos and the 15th seed failed to snap that run on Sunday.“It has been an amazing week on one of the most important events on the tour. I played well here, which helps me a lot to start the clay court season with confidence,” said Nadal.
Nadal wasted three break points in the second game as Ramos leveled for 1-1, only for the claycourt king to win the next five games to bag the opening set.
With Nadal’s topspin working with devastating effect, Ramos struggled to stay close to his baseline.The Mallorcan broke for 3-2 in the second set when Ramos sent a backhand long and from then on Nadal was unstoppable.
Ramos ended his first Masters final with a double fault that handed Nadal his 70th ATP title on the third match point.