Monte Carlo Rolex Masters—Monaco
No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal captured his ninth title at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday, defeating No. 13 seed Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0. In a match that featured great shot-making from both players, it was Nadal that took the first set after a double fault from his opponent. Not to be outdone, Monfils continued to show the great promise that he’s proven throughout the year by clawing his way back during the second set to force a decider.
With everything to play for in the final set, Nadal displayed his true class by winning six straight games to capture the title. Taking home his 68th career crown, Nadal also tied Novak Djokovic with 28 career Masters 1000 titles. The Spaniard is next set to appear at the Barcelona Open in Spain, which gets underway on Monday.