Rafael Nadal began his 2011 clay court campaign by capturing his seventh consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.
â€œItâ€™s really emotional and unbelievable for me. [To] start the clay season like this is fantastic, but [it] is fantastic winning Monte Carlo another time. Probably is a tournament that in the category of [ATP World Tour Masters] 1000 tournaments is the one that I feel more emotional when I am playing for the history of the tournament because here in 2003 everything started.
â€œ[To] win seven times in a row anywhere is almost impossible I think. But to win Monte Carlo, all the best players in the world are here, you always have tough matches, is impossible to imagine for me. So I am very lucky, I think.â€
â€œI hope this victory will help me a lot for the confidence. Maybe I am a little bit more nervous than usual. Iâ€™m playing a little bit more defensive than what I have to do. So hopefully this victory is a lot of confidence for me after playing two finals in a row. So the positive results are coming. Hopefully Iâ€™m going to play much more aggressive,â€ said Nadal.
With the win, Nadal has tied Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes for third place on the clay court tournament titles list at 30. Nadalâ€™s next tournament stop will be at the Barcelona Open.
Seven continued to be a lucky number in Monte Carlo as the Bryan Brothers notched their 70th tournament victory on Sunday. Bob Bryan on the title: â€œIt feels great to win title No. 70, but even better to beat an experienced clay-court team in one of our favourite tournaments of the year. Thanks to Prince Albert for staying to watch the doubles final, we really appreciate it.â€
â€œThere was a lot of crazy points out there. I think the fans had a good time because there was a lot of contrast of styles â€“ baseline points, big serves, drop volleys. I just felt like we were having fun and when weâ€™re having fun we play our best tennis.
RESULTSÂ – SUNDAY,Â 17 APRIL, 2011
Singles – Final
[ R Nadal (ESP) d  D Ferrer (ESP) 64 75
Doubles – Final
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Chela (ARG) / B Soares (BRA) 63 62