Rafael Nadal needed nearly three hours to defeat Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday and win a record ninth title at the Monte Carlo Masters.
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The Spaniard claimed his first trophy in the Principality since 2012 as he played in his 100th final and tenth in Monte Carlo.
I had a tough season last years. but I've had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season.
Nadal’s win pulled him level with ATP leader Novak Djokovic on 28 trophies at the Masters 1000 level.
“It’s great to win a Masters title again,” Nadal said.
“I had a tough season last year, but I’ve had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season.
“I hope this week will help me a lot,” the Spaniard said as he prepared to move onto his home clay of Barcelona next week.
Nadal now owns 68 titles and will carry on in the run-up to the French Open with renewed confidence; Monfils can take small consolation after winning his first-ever set against Nadal on clay.