U.S. Open

Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title

Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday.

Nadal was at his dominant best against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times.

"It's unbelievable," Nadal said, pausing to take it in. "It's something difficult to imagine."

A 10th win in 12 matches against Nishikori wasn't, however, even when the Japanese player broke him for a 2-1 lead early on.

Nadal moved one ahead of rival Novak Djokovic for career Masters titles.

Nadal's first Monte Carlo title...