A Week of Sport #19 – 18 April

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Nadal wins the Monte Carlo Masters

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 17: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene applaud as Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in the singles final match against Gael Monfils of France during day eight of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 17, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Rafael Nadal has won his ninth Monte Carlo Masters tournament with a 7–5, 5–7, 6–0 victory over Gael Monfils. Nadal raced to a 5–0 lead in the final set and landed a forehand winner on match point to claim victory.

With the title comes a few more successes; Nadal has now won a clay court tournament every year for the last 13 years and has equalled Djokovic in winning 28 Masters tournaments.

Barcelona crash out of the Champions League

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates scoring his penalty with Koke for his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Current title holders, Barcelona, were sent out of the Champions League last week with a 2–0 loss to Athletico Madrid. From winning the first leg of the tie 2–1 at home, Barcelona were unable to score in the second leg leaving the score on aggregate 3–2. Athletico will go through to the final four along with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

England Women Sevens win in Canada

England celebrate their 31-14 victory over New Zealand in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Langford, BC, Canda on April 17, 2016. / AFP / Don MacKinnon

The penultimate tournament in the Women’s World Sevens Series saw England Women take on New Zealand Women in a gripping final. Having trailed 14–7 at half time, England came out firing in the second half and won the game 31–14. With Rugby Sevens being introduced to the Olympics in the summer, it was great preparation for Rio this summer.

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