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by ITF for hurling
abuse during Fed Cup
LONDON—Ilie Nastase, the captain of Ro-
mania’s Fed Cup team, has been provisionally
suspended from the competition for abusing
players and the umpire during the playoff match
The International Tennis Federation, which organ-
izes the Fed Cup, said yesterday that Nastase “may not
participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with imme-
The 70-year-old Nastase was heard hurling exple-
tives at British player Johanna Konta, Britain captain
Anne Keothavong and the umpire during Konta’s match
against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Saturday. Nastase
was sent off the court by referee Andreas Egli and, after
taking a seat in the stands, was then sent back to the
Nastase, a former world No 1 in the 1970s, also pub-
licly hurled insults at a British journalist in Constanta
on Saturday, a day after apparently making racially of-
fensive comments about Serena Williams’ pregnancy.
ITF president David Haggerty condemned Nastase for
his “unacceptable behaviour.” (AP)
Nadal cops 10th
Monte Carlo Masters
MONACO—As the first men’s tennis player in the
Open era to win the same title 10 times, Rafael Nadal
showed yesterday he’s likely the best ever on clay
after easily beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3
in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.
It was Nadal’s 50th career title on his favored surface,
moving him one clear of Argentine Guillermo Vilas. The
next big challenge for Nadal will be winning a 10th French
Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years
ago in Roland Garros. “I want,” Nadal said after yesterday’s
game, a smile breaking across his face. “I really want it too.”
It was Nadal’s 70th career title but the first of the season,
having lost his previous three finals — two of those to Roger
Federer. The only final the 30-year-old Nadal has lost at
Monte Carlo was to Novak Djokovic in 2013.
“Winning 10 times in such an important event like Mon-
te Carlo is something difficult to describe,” Nadal said.
“My serve worked great. I have been hitting very well on
backhand during the whole week. The forehand is better
and better every day.” Ramos-Vinolas wasn’t a threat to
the defending champion.
Appearing in his first Masters final, the 15th-seeded
Ramos-Vinolas saved three break points in his first service
game and was 0-40 down in his next. Nadal served out
the set in 30 minutes with an ace. “He was a little bit better
in everything. When he’s a little bit better in everything,
the difference is what we saw,” Ramos-Vinolas said. “Last
time I played against him, I felt that on (his serve) it was
my chance to put some pressure.
But today I felt that he was serving so good.” Nadal’s 29th
Masters title moves him one behind Djokovic’s record. He
will also have his sights set on a 10th title in Barcelona next
week — Nadal’s previous career title was there, almost
one year ago.
Since then, Federer has beaten him in finals at the Aus-
tralian Open and the Miami Masters, either side of a win for
big-serving American Sam Querrey at Acapulco, Mexico.
Federer also beat Nadal in the fourth round at Indian Wells.
“(This title) arrives in just the right moment, I believe,”
Nadal said. “Winning here is an important step forward
for me.” Ramos-Vinolas had lost his two previous matches
to Nadal in straight sets — both in Barcelona — and a sec-
ond career title never looked realistic. He saved two match
points, but a poor unforced error gave Nadal a third match
point and Ramos-Vinolas double-faulted.
Nadal tilted his head back and put both hands on his
head as his achievement began to sink in, while his op-
ponent buried his head into a towel. Nadal’s 70 titles are
three better than Djokovic, who is a year younger. Nadal is
fifth on the all-time list, but seven behind John McEnroe.
Further ahead, the 35-year-old Federer has 91; Ivan Lendl
94 and Jimmy Connors is a long way away with 109.
Nadal watched smiling as each of his Monte Carlo trophy
presentations over the years was played on the big screen.
The first photo, of him raising the trophy in 2005 as a
distinctly shy 18-year-old who was taking tennis by storm,
made Nadal laugh. “The first one here (was) so special.
When I was a kid, I always wanted to play in Monte Carlo.
In Spain, Monte-Carlo is a very important event,” Nadal
said. “There are some moments in the career are important
ones. The first title on clay makes a big difference. (AP)
Spain’s Rafael Nadal holds up his trophy after winning his men’s finals match
against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters
tournament in Monaco, yesterday. PHOTO: AP PHOTO
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