Easy for Nadal in Monte Carlo

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This is Rafa's first title after winning the Barcelona Open for a record ninth time a year ago.

Rafael Nadal has penned a win against David Goffin, to mark his way into the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

This year has signalled something of a renaissance for Nadal and having lost in the final at the Australian Open, he will be desperate to add to his 14 Grand Slams at next month's French Open.

He has now amassed 50 clay titles during his career, overtaking Vilas on the all-time list of clay court victories to confirm his status as the most successful player on the surface in history.

Nadal broke for a second time to move 5-3 ahead and then held to take the first set in 57 minutes and, from then on, the 14-time grand slam victor was barely stretched.

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Nadal revealed that yesterday was a very important day in his career and that he also felt unbelievable after winning 10 titles at an "important event like Monte Carlo".

"I know that I had to defend nearly all my points at this beginning of the season", Nadal said. "It will be a very tough final so I must play my best", Sky Sports quoted Nadal as saying.

"That's fair from the chair umpire to tell me that I'm taking a little bit too much time".

"I also think I didn't serve well, to be honest". The 29-year-old faced three break points on his opening serve before managing to get on the board.

Murray's conqueror Albert Ramos-Vinolas scored his second upset in as many days, stunning fifth seeded Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2.

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The Real Club Tenis Barcelona announced on Friday it was renaming its center court in honor of Nadal.

Nadal broke the world No 24 again for a 3-2 lead in the second set and, after surviving a minor scare at 0-30 when 4-3 in front, moved to within a game of victory before breaking again when converting his third championship point. "But I thought as the match progressed I was feeling OK", said Djokovic who recently returned from an elbow injury. "I thought I played very, very well for a set and a half, from the start of the second set", the 12-time Grand Slam victor said. I have one that I already had lot of success in the past, then Roland Garros arrives.

Belgium's David Goffin disputes a call during his semifinal match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April, 22, 2017.

The Monte Carlo final will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning. When I was a kid, I always wanted to play in Monte Carlo.

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