Incredible Nadal takes 8th Monte Carlo Masters Crown
On a beautiful day in Monaco, it took seven times champion and world number two Rafael Nadal
just an hour and twenty minutes to dismiss home-boy Novak Djokovic
in the fnal of this year's Rolex Monte Carlo Masters tournament, 6-3, 6-1.
In the second and final set, there was a brief rally from Djokovic before Nadal broke back to take the serve and the match with a final ace against which the world number one stood no chance.
Things had been looking up for Djokovic as he advanced to the final by beating off a challenge from World number 7 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-2; but Nadal, whose record in Monte Carlo is unsurpassed, proved once more to be Djokovic's Nemesis on his home ground, despite the fact that the Serb had beaten off the Spaniard in their last seven meetings.
Upset by his grandfather's death on Thursday, Djokovic was never going to be in top form, but he has on many occasions graciously acknowledged that Nadal remains the best in the world on clay, and now Nadal has proved unstoppable in his retention of a title that in the last eight years has proved to be a more than adequate preparation for a following victory in the French Open