Monte Carlo Masters prize money 2018: How much could Rafael Nadal win at his best event?

 
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Nadal has only lost four times at Monte Carlo in 15 years (Source: Getty)

Beyond the French Open, no tournament has been kinder to world No1 Rafael Nadal than the Monte Carlo Masters yet this year's event could be the most generous yet.

Reigning champion Nadal has won the tournament 10 times before — a record for the most titles won by a player at a single ATP World Tour Masters event — and is in contention for another triumph after dispatching fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.

An eleventh title would be the most lucrative the Spaniard has ever received from the clay court event.

This year's winner's prize is a tournament record €935,385 (£819,000) thanks to an improved overall prize money fund of €4.87m.

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Runners up will receive the not-inconsiderable sum of €458,640 while defeated semi-finalist Dimitrov takes home €230,830.

Since making his debut at the Monaco event in 2003, king of clay Nadal has played 71 games and lost just four times. That remarkable run has seen him earn €5.5m from this tournament alone.

The winner's pay cheque has effectively tripled since Nadal picked up €330,500 for winning his first title in 2004.

Yet despite its backdrop of glitz and glamour on the French Riviera, the prize money offering at Monte Carlo is still dwarfed by five other ATP Masters tournaments.

Tournament Total prize money
ATP Finals €6,922,527
BNP Paribas Open €6,492,952
Miami Open €6,492,952
Madrid Open €6,200,860
Shanghai Masters €5,771,514
Monte Carlo Masters €4,872,105
BNL D'Italia €4,872,105
Paris Masters €4,872,105
Western & Southern Open €4,617,211
Rogers Cup €4,328,636

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