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Nadal wins record Monte Carlo Masters to keep stunning clay run alive

Sunday 22/April/2018 - 09:11 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mohamed Emad

Rafael Nadal powered to a record 11th Monte-Carlo Masters title with a straight-sets victory over Kei Nishikori، according to The Guardian.

The world No 1 recovered from going a break down early in the first set to win 6-3 6-2 in 93 minutes and has now won 36 consecutive sets on clay، a run which stretches back to the first round of last year’s French Open.

None of Nadal’s opponents have won more than four games in any of those sets، a statistic Nishikori looked like changing when he broke for a 2-1 lead at Monte Carlo Country Club.

However، Nadal had other ideas and broke straight back on his way to winning five of the next six games، the 31-year-old then broke Nishikori twice more in the second set to seal a 31st Masters 1000 title، one more than Novak Djokovic.

Nadal said: “I want to thank all my team and my family. We had some tough moments during the last five months after a couple of injuries in a row. It’s great to have a group of great people behind me. I can say thank you very much always for being there and supporting me when I really need it.

“It’s always special for me to be back here، having this trophy. It’s one of the most important events of the year for me.”

After retiring with a hip injury during his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic، Nadal withdrew from the Mexican Open، Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open due to the problem.

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