MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal won his seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters title Sunday, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5. 

The top-ranked Nadal chalked up his 37th straight win at the clay-court event, where he has not lost since 2003. It was his 44th career title and 19th at a Masters event. Nadal won the all-Spanish final when the fourth-seeded Ferrer chopped the ball into the net following a brief exchange.

Nadal had lost his three previous finals, twice to second-ranked Novak Djokovic and once to No. 3 Roger Federer. It was the 24-year-old’s first title since winning the Japan Open last October.

Guillermo Coria was the last player to beat Nadal at Monte Carlo, in the third round in 2003. Nadal missed the 2004 tournament because of an injury.

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