Rafael Nadal beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the last of the Monte Carlo Masters to hold his status as world number one.
The 31-year-old Spaniard won 6-3 6-2 out of 94 minutes to assert a record-broadening eleventh triumph at the earth court occasion.
Nadal has won 36 straight sets on his favored surface subsequent to demonstrating excessively solid for world number 36 Nishikori.
He needed to win the Masters 1000 competition to avoid Roger Federer surpassing him in the rankings.
“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,” said Nadal.
He was pushed by Nishikori toward the beginning of the primary set and fell a breakdown; however, the 16-time fabulous slam champion hit back to take the opener in 56 minutes.
What’s more, regardless of this current week speaking to just his second competition trip in the wake of maintaining hip damage at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal won five straight amusements in the second set on the way to his record 31st Masters title.
“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,” added Nadal.
Rafael Nadal pulled back from the Mexican Open, Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open in view of the hip issue before returning toward the beginning of the month for Spain’s Davis Cup quarter-last against Germany.
Previous world number four Nishikori just came back from a four-month nonattendance with correct wrist damage in January.
“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,” said Nadal.