This title, the 76th of his career, allows him to keep the world leadership, since in case of not having revalidated his Monegasque crown he would have transferred the ATP rankings back to Roger Federer
The number 1 in the world, Rafa Nadal, conquered the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 for the eleventh time, when he beat Japanese Kei Nishikori in two sets (6-3, 6-2) on Sunday.
After his return to the competition in Davis Cup in early April, the 31-year-old Spaniard was returning to the individual circuit in the Principality, three months after his retirement in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open at the end of January.
This title, the 76th of his career, allows him to keep the world lead, since in case of not having revalidated his Monegasque crown he would have transferred the ATP rankings back to Roger Federer.
Nadal also won his 31st Masters 1000 title, the second ranking of tennis tournaments after the Grand Slam.
Nadal had been crowned in the Principality uninterrupted between 2005 and 2012, and then in 2016 and 2017.
„Every year is a different feeling, today is great news for me, coming back from an injury, it’s very good for my confidence, it’s a very nice week,“ the ten-time Roland-Garros winner told Canal +.
The Mallorcan tennis player now accumulates 36 consecutive sets won on clay. A series that began after losing in the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Rome last season against the Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Nishikori (28 years old), lost for his part the fourth final of a Masters 1000 in his career.
However, that will not prevent the Japanese, currently 36th in the world, from climbing to the doors of the world Top-20.
Nishikori had also been on sick leave for a wrist injury for more than five months, until last January.