Rafael Nadal's fantastic open of clay season

Rafael Nadal’s fantastic open of clay season

What exactly the Monte-Carlo Masters title means to the world no 1?

With notching the seventh constructive trophy, the top-ranked Spaniard managed the 44th career title, the 19th Masters 1000 level title. Nadal also ended the title drought of this year after losing two consecutive Masters finals to second-ranked Novak Djokovic, at the Sony Ericsson and BNP Paribas Open.

Comparing with last year’s performance of cruising to title with losing just 11 games, Nadal has a more though way this year. The last two matches was thrilling: Andy Murray took one set off him in Saturday's semifinal that lasted nearly three hours; The win against Ferrer went 2 hours, 17 minutes.

But the most important is unprecedented seventh constructive title after a string of though matches and the confidence brought to the king of clay.

Nadal defeats Ferrer for his seventh Monte-Carlo Masters title

24-year old Rafael Nadal claimed a seventh constructive Monte-Carlo Masters title after beating his Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4 7-5 on Sunday. Last year, Nadal has benn the only man to win six titles at the same event in the open era –and this year the record was seven in a row.

24-year old Rafael Nadal claimed a seventh constructive Monte-Carlo Masters title after beating his Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4 7-5 on Sunday. Last year, Nadal has benn the only man to win six titles at the same event in the open era –and this year the record was seven in a row.

Nadal was far away from his best in the final against Ferrer. Both players struggled for consistency in an intriguing opening set that threw up a mixture of brilliant winners, clumsy errors and erratic serving. The same dramatic scene appeared when Ferrer duly took the breakpoint due to Nadal’s double fault in the eight game of second set and fight back from 2-4 to 5-4. But Nadal held and then broke Ferrer for the fourth time in the eleventh game. Ferrer saved one match poin. But a blistering forehand gave Nadal a second chance to win, and he sealed the victory when Ferrer returned a volley into the net.

Rafael Nadal figured himself "a lucky guy" and "fantastic" to win Monte-Carlo again:

"It would have been impossible to imagine a few years ago winning seven titles here,"

"I'm a lucky guy to have done this by age 24."

"I felt more tired on court than usual, but these are the kind of matches that help the physical and mental fitness for the rest of the clay season."

"I've played a lot of tennis but the last six weeks have been very positive, I have a lot of confidence."

Ferrer admitted that he had again been beaten by the best.

"Rafa is incredible on clay, he's everywhere at the same time,"

 "He's the best player on clay in history."