THE RECORD COL­LEC­TOR

Esquire (Philippines) - - AGENDA -

Two ‘dec­i­mas’, 51 ti­tles on clay, 71 vic­to­ries over­all. No ten­nis player has ever be­fore achieved ten ti­tles in each of two tour­na­ments. By win­ning the 110th edi­tion of the Monte-Carlo Mas­ters and the 71st Barcelona Open, Rafael Nadal re­turns to the top five, a favourable omen with the Ro­man Gar­ros un­der­way.

Emo­tion is run­ning high for the Richard Mille part­ner, who said, “It’s just amaz­ing! Ev­ery one of my vic­to­ries has been an en­tirely unique ex­pe­ri­ence. These past two wins have been re­ally spe­cial for me, be­cause Monte Carlo and Barcelona are spe­cial tour­na­ments played at ten­nis clubs with a lot of history. I never ex­pected to win this many tour­na­ments and this de­gree of suc­cesses is just amaz­ing for me.”

With 51 ti­tles on clay, Rafael Nadal re­mains undis­puted mas­ter of the red dust. Play­ers ri­vals, who still has the Mas­ters 1000 tour­na­ments in Madrid and Rome on clay ahead of him, fear him all the more, given his for­mi­da­ble per­for­mance so far this sea­son. Roland Gar­ros is also an­other tour­na­ment, a spe­cial one for the Spa­niard, where he could win a 10th ti­tle.

The Mai­son Richard Mille, whose name has been associated with the ten­nis player for nine years, joins Rafa Nadal in cel­e­brat­ing this vic­tory, a mas­ter­ful re­turn to the spot­light.

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