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Rafa remains Master of Monte Carlo

23 April 2012

nadalSeven-time champion Rafael Nadal finally snapped whatever psychological hold Novak Djokovivc had over him last year when the Spaniard lost seven successive matches to the Serb.

That run more than helped establish his incredible run and the mantle of invincibility he wore for much of the 2011 season .

On this occasion, in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal proved to be ‘Master' once again as he lifted the trophy for a record breaking eight successive year by overpowering the player who replaced him as world number one.

He defeated him comprehensively 6-3 6-1 in just 78 minutes to win his first title of the season as he prepares himself for the French Open where he also reigns supreme.

Nadal admitted: "It was very important to break the bad [losing] streak. So was important to win the tournament another time. Break that situation, winning a Masters 1000, one of my favourites, everything's perfect today."

In Mediterranean sunshine, it was his 42nd successive match win at the venue he loves and where he has only lost once, as a 16 year-old in 2004. It is also his 20th Masters title and he is the first player to reach that mark

"Monte Carlo is the most beautiful 1000 tournament for me. To start the clay-court season winning here is an amazing feeling," he added.

"This tournament is very special for me. My level of tennis was high during the last four matches, since the second round."

It was a disappointing end to an emotional week for Djokovic, who learned on Thursday that his grandfather had passed away.

"It's been a tough week, not just for me but for everybody in my family," Djokovic said. "We're going through this together. In the end, I played the final and I'm really happy for that.

"He took his opportunities [in the] first set and made a break, and that's it. I didn't make him play at all. I just was out there trying to put the ball in the court."

Djokovic was bidding to win his third title of the season having won the Australian Open and beaten Andy Murray in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

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