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Nadal Wins 11th Monte Carlo Title

Rafael Nadal showed few signs of his recent hip injury as he beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets to win the Monte Carlo Masters for a record 11th time. The Spaniard held on to his number one ranking with a 6-3 6-2 success on Sunday as he stepped up his preparations for next month’s French Open, which he won for the 10th time last year.

Nadal had been forced to pull out of both the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open in March and he had to win in Monte Carlo to prevent Roger Federer from taking over at the top of the rankings, but the result was never in doubt once he had recovered from an early break of serve in the opening set. He’s a red hot favourite to win his 17th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, at a best price of 4/7 with Paddy Power and William Hill.

Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem are next in the betting, each at 9/1 with BetVictor. Just as he did last year, Federer has opted to skip the entire clay-court season in order to concentrate on his preparations for Wimbledon.

All odds quoted are subject to change