Rafael Nadal needed nearly three hours to defeat Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 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
Nadal’s win pulled him level with ATP leader Novak Djokovic on 28 trophies at the Masters 1000 level. Nadal improved to 12-2 over Monfils as he won a first Masters honour since Madrid in May 2014. Nadal and Monfils were both plagued by unforced errors in the tight contest, with the winner striking 36 while Monfils made more than 50.The match was also riddled with 34 break points, with Nadal converting on eight of 21 while Monfils managed five of 13.
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. The opening set took almost an hour and a quarter and set the stage for the second, which at one point featured three consecutive breaks of serve out to 4-4.Monfils moved into winning position with a break for 6-5 and kept the struggle alive as he won the set for one apiece. But the third was all Nadal as the Spanish fifth seed swept to a loving finish to win his eighth clay match against the Frenchman without a defeat.
So lets do:
1. Tennis player Rafael Nadal belonged to which country?
2. Rafael Nadal beats Monfils for record ninth __________.
Source – The Hindu