Rafael Nadal was quite sublime in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday as he stormed past Albert Ramos Viñolas to lift the title.
Sunday marked Nadal’s tenth Monte Carlo Masters triumph in 13 years.
It is a quite incredible feat considering that the tournament has ATP World Tour Masters 1000 status which means that it is only less prestigious and carries only less weight than the four grand slams.
In professional sport, it is rare to see dominance at a particular event on this level.
To provide context, not even the great Tiger Woods has a record as impressive as this at any PGA event. The most victories he has achieved at the same tournament is eight at both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
To say that Ramos Viñolas was a sitting duck in the final would be an understatement. The 29-year-old Spaniard has been impressive all week – he was the player who knocked-out Andy Murray in the round of 16. However, beating the King of Clay in the final of his favourite tournament was always going to be a step too far.
And so it proved. Nadal was quickly out of the blocks, breaking in just the fourth game of the match to surge into a 3-1 lead. An indication of the immense confidence he has in his game at the moment was him constantly going for forehand winners down the line. Ramos Viñolas never won another game in the set as Nadal took it 6-1.
At the beginning of the second stanza one sensed that Ramos Viñolas might have found a groove as he applied pressure to Nadal. However, in the fifth game Nadal broke for the third time in the match and then raced to the finish line claiming the second set 6-3.
Speaking afterwards, Nadal could not hide his delight.
On the contrary, Ramos Viñolas was visibly disappointed but conceded that the better player won on the day.
As the clay court swing begins, Nadal’s form is ominous for his rivals. Next up is the Barcelona Open – a tournament he has won nine times.
You would be brave to predict anything but more success for the man who is a nine-time champion at Roland Garros.