Djokovic Ends Nadal’s Eight-year Monte Carlo Reign

21 Apr 2013

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World number one Novak Djokovic


World number one Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year winning run in the Monte Carlo Masters, beating him in straight sets in Sunday's final.

The Serbian inflicted Nadal's first defeat in Monte Carlo in 47 matches and avenged last year's final defeat to lift his first Masters title, reports the BBC.

A blistering start saw Djokovic, 25, win the first set 6-2 in 46 minutes, before taking the second set 7-6 (7-1).

It was their first meeting since Nadal's French Open final win in June.

Djokovic had struggled with an ankle injury during the early rounds but showed no signs of any ailment as he dominated the early stages of the final.

He secured the first set after storming into a 5-0 lead, with Nadal having no answer to his opponent's brilliance.

In a tight second set, Djokovic recovered from going an early break behind but was broken again by a defiant Nadal as the Spaniard moved to within a game of levelling.

However, Djokovic broke straight back to force the tie-break, which he took comfortably 7-1 as Nadal's bid for a ninth straight title ended in failure.

Nadal, 26, had previously only lost twice to Djokovic in 14 meetings on clay, both of which came in 2011.

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