RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR...

RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME

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RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME

– Rafael Nadal Lifts French Open for the 9th time

– The Spaniard Beat Gael Monfils  7-5 5-7 6-0 to  Claim his Ninth out of Possible 10 Finals in the French Competition

RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME
Rafael Nadal lifts 9th French Open

RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME

Spain international, Rafael Nadal  just won the concluded Monte Carlo Masters in France.

Nadal, who was appearing in his 100th ATP Tour Final, won  7-5 5-7 6-0  in two hours 46 minutes to claim his ninth title in the Principality. He record breaker had last won the title since 2012.

Nadal was faced with a difficult game against Andy Murray in the semifinals but he progressed to the finals. However, coming into the final game against Monfils on Sunday, the Spaniard showed lot of determination and thus made it count.

Relishing his victory, he said: “It’s great to win a Masters title again,”  RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME

“I had a tough season last year, but I’ve had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season,” he added.

The victory in France gives Nadal a motivation as he prepares to go into the next month’s second grand slam of the season on the clay of Roland Garros, having indeed struggled earlier in the year, losing in the opening round of the Australian Open.

World number one Novak Djokovic won that title, but his defense of the Monte Carlo Open crown ended early, stunned in the second round by Czech Jiri Vesely.

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That left the way clear for Nadal to claim his 28th Masters 1000 crown, drawing level on the all-time list with Djokovic, and 68th title overall, although he had to come from a set down to beat Murray in the last four.

RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME

Monfils beat fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the quarterfinal conqueror of the returning Roger Federer, in his semifinal match, but had a poor 2-11 record against Nadal going into the title match, according to CNN.

He bravely came back from a break down twice in the opener before Nadal broke for a third time to take it after over an hour of intense action.

Monfils mustered the energy to break for 3-1 in the second set, only for Nadal to retrieve the advantage.

In the 11th game, Monfils converted the fourth break point on his opponent’s serve and then bravely served it out to level.

That was to be the last game he won as Nadal showed the ruthless intensity of earlier years to take the next six, sealing match point with a blistering forehand.

RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME
NADAL CELEBRATES WIN WITH KISS

It was his 48th clay-court crown, one behind the record 49 of Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas, and his first Masters crown since Madrid in 2014.

“I hope this week helps me a lot,” Nadal said as he heads to Barcelona this week with the chance to equal that landmark.

It soon became an atmosphere for romance as Nadal embraced his girlfriend Xisca Perello after lifting the cup, sealing the victory with a warm kiss.

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RAFAEL NADAL CELEBRATES WITH KISS AS HE WINS MONTE CARLO MASTERS FOR NINTH TIME