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Rafael Nadal wins Monte Carlo Masters

Rafael Nadal wins Monte Carlo Masters

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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.

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.