Rafael Nadal kept improving his records on clay by winning his 11th Monte Carlo Masters in his career. The Spaniard has now won 91.9% of the 431 matches played on clay in his career: he won 396 and lost 35. The second best is Bjorn Borg, with 85.9%.
Nadal has 25 ATP titles without losing any set, 24 of them have come on clay. This is almost a third of the total (76). Nadal only lost 21 games last week in five matches. The only time he lost fewer games to win a title was 2010 Monte Carlo when he lost 14 games.
Nadal has won the last 36 sets played on clay after losing to Dominic Thiem at 2017 Rome. None of them has gone past 6-4, and he lost average two games per set in those 36 sets. Nadal now holds 54 clay-court titles, five more than the second-best Guillermo Vilas who has 49, followed by Thomas Muster with 40.
Manuel Orantes and Borg have 30 each. No player in the Open Era won the same tournament for 11 times. Most titles in an event:
Rafa Nadal - 11 - Monte Carlo
Rafa Nadal - 10 - Roland Garros
Rafa Nadal - 10 - Barcelona
Roger Federer - 9 - Halle
Guillermo Vilas - 8 - Buenos Aires
Roger Federer- 8 - Wimbledon
Roger Federer - 8 - Basel Nadal was always under control during his five matches in Monte Carlo.
He lost a maximum of five points in a row, against Karen Khachanov and Grigor Dimitrov. Aljaz Bedene and Kei Nishikori won four points in a row in their respective matches against Nadal, Dominic Thiem won three. Nadal won 76 career-titles, and 31 of them come from just three tournaments: Monte Carlo (11), Barcelona (10), Roland Garros (10).
41. @RafaelNadal a remporté 76 titres sur le circuit depuis le début de sa carrière. Parmi ces titres, 41% ont été conquis sur seulement trois tournois : Monte Carlo (11), Barcelone (10) et Roland Garros (10).
Avec seulement 21 jeux perdus cette semaine, c’est la deuxième fois que @RafaelNadal n’a cédé aussi peu de jeux pour remporter un titre en Masters 1000 (après Monte Carlo en 2010 où le majorquin n’avait perdu que 14 jeux).#RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/eLQN62eOFj — Jeu, Set et Maths (@JeuSetMaths) 22 aprile 2018
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@RafaelNadal a remporté 25 tournois sur le circuit ATP sans avoir perdu le moindre set (dont 24 sur terre-battue), soit près d’un tiers de son palmarès. #RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/Pt6FiPawyq — Jeu, Set et Maths (@JeuSetMaths) 22 aprile 2018