Rafael Nadal has won a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets in their final clash to ensure that he will retain his status as world number one.
Nadal, 31, won 6-3 6-2 in 94 minutes to claim victory at the clay-court event.
The Spanish tennis star has now won 36 straight sets on his favoured surface after his latest performance.
On his win, Nadal said: “It’s always special for me to be back here, having this trophy. It’s one of the most important events of the year for me.”
“I want to thank all my team and my family. We had some tough moments during the past five months after a couple of injuries in a row.” he added.
He also had good things to say about Kei Nishikori. Nadal said: “I want to congratulate Kei for a great week. It’s always difficult to be back from injury and I’m happy to see you again playing well.”