Monday, April 23, 2018

Nadal wins Monte Carlo #11

Wow, Rafael Nadal just continues to defy logic. The King of Clay is not showing signs that he is ready to relinquish his throne as he wins his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title. No other male player has won an event 11 times in the Open Era. The amazing thing about this win is that Rafa was at great risk of dropping back down to #2 in the world if he didn't win the event, and his title allows him to stay on top one more week. Nadal has now ranked #1 for a total of 171 weeks, moving him past John McEnroe into solo 6th place in terms of total number of weeks at #1.

Not only did he win the tournament, he did so in utterly dominant fashion. He didn't lose a set and in fact, he didn't even lose more than 5 games against any opponent. That includes Dominic Thiem against whom Nadal had his one loss on clay last year. Here's a print screen I took of the scores by which Rafa won all his matches. This is simply staggering.

As if the record 11th championship isn't enough, this is also his 31st ATP Masters 1000 title, moving him past Novak Djokovic and making him the current solo record-holder for most ATP Masters 1000 titles. Amazing.

Nadal has a lot of points to defend over the next few months, which means he may lose the #1 ranking by the time we get to the French Open. Still, I am already running out of superlatives to describe Rafa's incredible achievements. I am not expecting too much but I will continue to hope that Rafa can still add to his records in the next couple of months.

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