Nadal Enjoying 'Unbelievable' Day In Monte-Carlo
Throughout his 17 years as a professional, Rafael Nadal has learned countless lessons. But perhaps none is more important than a lesson he shared on Sunday after his latest historic victory.
“I think after a lot of years of experience on this tour, you learn how to enjoy every moment,” Nadal said. “Today is a day to enjoy.”
Few players have had more to celebrate during a single victory. With his 6-1, 6-3 win against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final, Nadal checked off a career's worth of milestones:
First man in the Open Era (since April 1968) to win 10 titles at a tournament
First man to win 50 clay-court crowns, surpassing Guillermo Vilas at 49
His 70th tour-level title, placing him fifth all-time
His 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, placing him second all-time
Put one of those achievements on another player's resume, and they make the sheet shine. But do what Nadal has done – achieve all four in a career and celebrate them on the same day – and that resume quickly resembles that of one of the greatest players of all-time.
“It really is unbelievable. To win 10 times at such an important event like Monte-Carlo, it's something difficult to describe my feelings,” Nadal said. “I feel lucky to keep playing tennis [and] being healthy all those years, in order to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year, without a doubt. I am very happy to win another one. For me, it is a very important day in my career.”
The 10th title extends Nadal's dominance in Monte-Carlo to a level no man has achieved in the past. The Spaniard now boasts a 63-4 match record in the Principality and is 10-1 in finals, his only defeat coming in 2013 to Novak Djokovic. Nadal, who won his first Monte-Carlo crown in 2005 as an 18 year old, was able to relive his favourite Monte-Carlo memories when tournament officials displayed old photos on the scoreboard after the final.