It was a much awaited final at Monte Carlo with the top two seeds facing each other for the first time since the epic final at Australian Open this year. This time the match ended in anti climatic fashion with one of the most one sided victories in this rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal won a record 20th Masters title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over his nemesis Djokovic. It was the first title for Nadal in 10 months after his last title at the French Open last year. During the last year and half the world no.1 from Serbia had won 7 consecutive matches over Nadal all in finals. Nadal has finally arrested his slide and now leads 17-14 in career head to head.
The early part of the match saw Nadal break in the third game with a backhand winner and was also helped by couple of errors from Djokovic. Nadal had a further break opportunity in the seventh game but Djokovic fought back to hold serve with the help of a wonderful drop shot to get to 3-4. Thereafter Nadal won the set breaking Djokovic again and dominated proceedings to win 6 games in a row.
Leading 4-0, Nadal relaxed a little losing serve at love but again broke serve and served for the match at 5-1. Nadal closed out the match with an ace on championship point. This was his 42nd consecutive match win at Monte Carlo but probably one of the most significant wins here. Time would tell whether the tide has turned again in this rivalry.
After the match, Nadal said that it was very important for him to break the bad losing streak against Novak and win the title here. It was one of his favorite tournaments and he said that it was all perfect that day. All his 6 finals have been against the Top 6 players and Nadal said that made it more difficult. Djokovic said that Nadal was better that day and showed the spirit of a real champion with the way he approached the sport of tennis. He added that his emotional energy was not the best but he hoped to have enough time to regroup and recharge the batteries.
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