Today was the final day of Monte-Carlo and it was finals day, which saw two Spaniards do battle for the title. Both of them were seeds which left them with the obvious 50% success rate among seeds. It was also the final day of the Fed Cup semifinals and we now have our finalists.
Rafael Nadal made history yesterday as he won his tenth Monte Carlo title, 50th clay court title and 70th career title with a win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in a dominant fashion. Ramos-Vinolas seemed worn out after three straight three-set matches but Nadal played a solid match and he wasn’t challenged very much by the depleted Ramos-Vinolas. Nadal was serving better than he has all week and that came through as he only lost two points behind his second serve in the first set. Nadal didn’t face a break point in the opening set and he broke Ramos-Vinolas twice on the way to the dominant set. Nadal’s serving only got better for the second set as he only lost three points behind his first serve and didn’t let his countryman do much on his serve. Ramos-Vinolas got broken twicw in the second set as well with Nadal dominating the whole match, similar to what he has been doing all tournament. This is Nadal’s first title of the season and it will give him a lot of confidence to dominate the rest of the clay season. It’s also a great tournament for Ramos-Vinolas, who got the best result of his career this week at age 29.
In the Fed Cup semifinals, one of the ties ended in a decisive doubles tie and the other was decided after the first match. USA overcame the defending champion, the Czech Republic, in a decisive doubles tie. The first rubber of the day saw Coco Vandeweghe give her nation an early lead as she got a great 6-4, 6-0 win over Katerina Siniakova and then the score was levelled out after Marketa Vondrousova got the 6-2, 7-5 win over the slumping Lauren Davis. The doubles saw the US put out a really strong team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe get past Kristyna Pliskova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-3. Belarus will face them in the final after Aliaksandra Sasnovich started the day with an exciting 6-2, 7-6(7-2)upset over Timea Bacsinzszky and then Aryna Sabalenko finish of the tie with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Viktorija Golubic.