Nadal defeats Monfils to claim his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Tennis player Rafael Nadal beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 5–7, 6–0, to win his ninth Monte-Carlo Masters title yesterday. Nadal, who is ranked world number five in men's tennis, last won the title in 2012 and has now claimed the 68th singles title of his career.

File photo of Rafael Nadal, 2015.
Image: Tourism Victoria (flickr).

Nadal won the first set 7–5 in 73 minutes, breaking early in the set to grab a 3–1 lead. Monfils fought back in the second set winning 7–5 after breaking Nadal's serve 3 times. During the match 29-year-old Spaniard Nadal hit 25 winners. Completing the third set 6–0, Nadal denied Monfils the chance to win the title for what would have been the first time in his career.

The match was completed in two hours 45 minutes. After the match, Nadal said, "Well I think it's amazing, no, it's a tournament really that I love so much, it's so special for me. I won the first one here, and a couple of times I was struggling a little bit and I came back here and played well, so this victory means a lot to me and I am so happy for everything. I hope to, to that victory helps me a lot for the next couple of tournaments, but anyway winning here in Monte Carlo for the ninth time is something, just, unbelievable."

This was Nadal's first title in 2016.