Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record 10th time with a dominant 6-1 6-3 victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He will also have his sights set on a 10th title in Barcelona next week - Nadal's previous career title, nearly a year ago.
Rafael Nadal has won his tenth Monte Carlo Masters title. The Spaniard won eight consecutive titles in the Principality, from 2005 to 2012, and added a ninth title previous year.
Sunday's title means that the Spaniard claimed his 50th clay court win, breaking the record of 49, he held with Guillermo Vilas.
Ramos ended his first Masters final with a double fault that handed Nadal his 70th ATP title on the third match point.
"Winning 10 times in such an important event like Monte Carlo is something hard to describe", Nadal said.
As Nadal himself said though, he won't have much time to celebrate, as his bid for a matching 10th title in Barcelona, which just named their center court after him, starts on Wednesday. Nadal went off court for a break and jeers filled the air when he came back on. Murray, on the other hand, splashed out in a second round loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Shedding his white shirt in favor of a blue one, Ramos-Vinolas changed his fortunes holding successive service games for the first time all day for a 2-1 second-set lead.
Four years ago, it was a perplexed Nadal arguing with Mourier after he made an incorrect call during Nadal's third-round win against Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the Madrid Masters.
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. 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. "It's wrong, it's wrong", said Goffin, who eventually lost the 17-minute game after wasting other game points. "Then he seemed exhausted and I was feeling fresh, physically and mentally, maybe that's why I won", Ramos Vinolas said. But two backhand hitting errors let Pouille back in the match and he took advantage and finished off the victory.
Ramos-Vinolas, the 15th seed who had knocked out number one Andy Murray and Marin Cilic, had never before even reached a Masters 1000 semi-final.
"When he's a little bit better in everything, the difference is what we saw in the match. Also, I think the cloud today didn't help me".