Nadal secured his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in Monaco to complete a flawless week in which he failed to drop a set.
Nadal had to win the Masters 1000 tournament in a bid to prevent Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer from overtaking him in the ranking list.
All Rafael's fans wish him every success and many years of happy times in Monte Carlo together with his family. He surged 14 places to 22nd on the latest list released after his Monte Carlo run. "My legs were very heavy today, playing three sets (for) three days in a row (before the final)".
Following a 6-0, 6-2 last-eight demolition of Dominic Thiem, Nadal has lost only 16 games in four matches this week.
The second set was a procession and Nadal won on his first match point with a stinging backhand winner. In the second, I think he started to miss more.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. "It's one of the most important events of the year for me". It is Nadal's third successive Monte Carlo title.
'It was a great week, I had an injury and couldn't play for a long time, ' he said.
But he insisted he's not an automatic favourite on clay, despite having won 34 consecutive sets on the surface.
Here's a recap of the Spaniard's win, as he continues to build momentum in pursuit of what would be an 11th French Open crown at Roland Garros next month.
Nadal started as if he knew Thiem was a potential threat, holding to love before breaking the 24-year-old at the first time of asking.
Nishikori is in his first Masters final since Toronto in 2016 after edging out Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. It was great to start again on a good note.
If Paolo Lorenzi can somehow recapture some sort of level - he's been awful this year - then he could be a pick at 25/1, but maybe the best bet is to take a chance on Dzumhur each-way at 16/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook, with the benefit of a seeded bye in a gift draw.
He was pushed by Japan's Nishikori early on and fell a break down, but roared back against an opponent who appeared beaten midway through the first set. In his last two versus Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev, he needed more than five hours combined on the court. But Nishikori hung tough to close out a 6-4 6-7 6-3 win.
Next up for both Nadal and Nishikori is the Barcelona Open, where the Spaniard is the defending and 10-time champion.