Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Champions

The Monte Carlo Masters has, over the years, attracted the most influential tennis players of their time. Stars of yesteryear like Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Thomas Muster came to Monte Carlo and left as winners.

There are, however, three tennis players who have achieved greatness at both the Monte Carlo Masters and in their professional tennis careers and these men are, without a doubt, the Monte Carlo Masters tennis champions – Ilie Nastase, Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal. All three have won the Monte Carlo Masters on three occasions, with Nadal winning all four of his titles in consecutive years since 2005 becoming only the second player to do so in the history of the tennis tournament.

Rafael Nadal

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final of the Rolex ATP Tennis Masters Monte Carlo at the The Monte Carlo Country Club on April 23, 2006 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Spaniard Rafael Nadal is not called the ‘King of Clay’ for nothing. Currently ranked number 1 in the world, Nadal has won four consecutive French Open singles titles (2005-2007).

He holds the longest winning-streak on clay with 81 consecutive wins, and is currently the only tennis player who is able to beat world number 2, Roger Federer on a regular basis. He holds a winning record of 8-5 over Federer.

Nadal has claimed the Monte Carlo Masters in four consecutive years (2005-2008), beating his archrival Roger Federer three times in a row!

Ilie Nastase

PARIS, FRANCE: Romanian Ilie Nastase returns a ball during the Paris International tournament in June 1977. Nastase won the Forrest Hills championships in 1972 and the Rolland Garros championships in 1973. He also won four times the Masters between 1971 and 1975 and was the world's best player in 1973. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)Romanian, Ilie Nastase, was one of the top tennis players of the 1970s. He won 88 singles title in his illustrious career and claimed the French Open, the Rome Open and the Queen’s Club in succession, an achievement never to be equalled in the open era. He could have bagged many more titles if he had chosen to join the ranks of the ATP.

Loved for his humour on court, the Romanian was one of only two players to have taken the Monte Carlo Masters title in consecutive years – in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Rafael Nadal is the only other player to have accomplished this with four wins from 2005 to 2008.

Nastase was known for his speed around the court and his superb anticipation, which compensated for his lack of a good volley. His one weakness was his loss of concentration.

Bjorn Borg

Arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, Swede Bjorn Borg dominated men’s tennis in the late 70s and 80s. He won 11 of the 27 Grand Slam tournaments he entered and his six French Open titles remain an all-time record. He is the only player to have won both Wimbledon and the French Open in three consecutive years. In the 1978 French Open he joined Ilie Nastase as the second player never to have dropped a set.

Borg played from the baseline, with awesome ground strokes and a two-handed backhand. He hit the ball high and hard with considerable topspin and was renowned for his fitness levels. Borg claimed the Monte Carlo Masters in 1977, 1979 and 1980.