Rafael Nadal Wins Record Breaking 11th Monte Carlo Masters Title

| April 23 , 2018 , 14:28 IST

World No.1 tennis player Rafael Nadal clinched his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday by comprehensively defeating Kei Nishikori by 6-3, 6-2.

With this win, Nadal has accomplished an unprecedented feat of winning a single tournament eleven times in the open era.

Nadal's 31st Masters' title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic.

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"I know the day to say goodbye is closer than 10 years ago. Is something that I am not worried about, but it's a real thing," said Nadal, who was playing at his first ATP event since retiring from an Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic with a hip injury in January.

"So I'm just enjoying every day and trying to play with the best attitude possible, to keep being happy playing tennis," he said.

The Spaniard will next set his sights on an 11th Barcelona Open victory next week, and it is hard to see anyone preventing him from extending his record number of 10 French Open titles at Roland Garros at the end of the clay-court season.