Rafael Nadal set a record with a 31st Masters title on Sunday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to win at Monte Carlo.
He is ahead of the Serb Novak Djokovic, crowned in 30 competitions of the genre.
Nadal also becomes the first player of the modern era who has won the same tournament 11 times. It only took him 13 years.
“It feels really good to have this trophy in my hands again,” said the winner.
Nadal has ruled Monaco since 2005 with the exception of three years in a row, starting in 2013.
The 31-year-old Spaniard has now raised 76 trophies.
The Japanese Nishikori was looking for a first title in the Masters series.
In the first set, Nishikori took the lead 2-1 with a break but Nadal won the next four games against the 36th racket in the world.
The second run lasted only 37 minutes, Nadal winning five games in a row. He converted his first match point with a thunderous setback, bringing his record in 2018 to 11-1.
Nishikori is 2-10 against Nadal. He is still recovering from his absence in New York last year and Melbourne this year due to a wrist injury.
“I had a great week,” he said. I have been away for a long time.”
Number 1 of the ATP, Nadal has escaped only 21 games in five games in the principality. He has not lost a set in his last seven games.
The tournament was held on clay, where Nadal is 396-35. On the horizon: the Barcelona tournament, where he triumphed 10 times.