Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s reign as the king of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 1000 on Sunday 21 April with a convincing straight set victory.
Top seed Djokovic defeated the eight-time defending champion and third seed 6-2, 7-6 (1) in one hour and 52 minutes. It broke Nadal’s 46-match winning streak at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
Djokovic has now won every Masters 1000 title barring Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Following his victory, Novak Djokovic: “I rank this victory because of the very high significance that this tournament presents to me. I live here and spend a lot of time in this club. I mean, for me, it is the most beautiful club in the world because i love the view, I love the people. If somebody told me 10 days ago I’d be winning the trophy, I would not think it’s so realistic, to be honest. But, you know, I went through pain, I went through a big challenge, mentally, physically, emotionally, and in the end it was getting better as the tournament was going on.”
Rafael Nadal said: “Hurt or not hurt, I do not know. I like to win more than lose, that is the goal in sport. It is not a tragedy. I lost after eight years without losing here. That’s something. That’s the more normal thing that can happen after all the success I have had here. But I need a little bit more physical performance.”