Rafael Nadal broke his long drought of not winning a tournament earlier today at the Monte Carlo Masters tournament. He defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils in the decisive third set after dropping the second set. There was a lot of speculation leading up to this tournament because of the strong field of players. There wasn’t a clear cut favorite, especially since Novak Djokivic didn’t enter the tournament. However, there was a strong field with most of the world’s top ten contending. Some people picked Nadal to win at Monte Carlo, but the majority of the people didn’t believe he was capable of going all the way. Personally, I can never count out Nadal when the tournament is being played on clay courts. It wasn’t surprising to me that Nadal was able to win the tournament and by beating great competition over his last three matches. He’s being struggling with injuries that has kept him out of the winner’s circle in big tournaments. This is his first masters victory in two years. The victory at Monte Carlo gives Nadal some momentum as the French Open is approaching in about six weeks. I think Nadal is going to use this victory as a confidence boost and start racking up some wins as he heads to Roland Garos.