Nadal defeats Djokovic at Monte Carlo – The new French Open favorite?
In spite of all the knee problems the Spaniard is facing, Rafael Nadal managed to win the Monte-Carlo Masters for the eight consecutive time on Sunday. Nadal recorded an emotional and emphatic win over the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to reclaim his dominance on clay courts.
The World No. 2, Nadal dominated the Serb for the whole encounter. It looked as if Nadal wanted to keep it quick and clean. In just an hour and 18 minutes Nadal stood victorious with 6-3 and 6-1.
With this victory Nadal finally broke the curse of losing to Djokovic. Nadal had lost to Djokovic on seven different occasions prior to this game. This unexpected win has certainly turned the tables before notorious French Open.
The 10-time Grand Slam champion, Nadal is now the hot-favorite to win the event. In the past, Nadal has impressed his fans with a couple of stunning showdowns in the courts of Paris. By the looks of it, Nadal’s French fans are in for another treat this summer.
Meanwhile, Djokovic will have plenty of time to prepare for the tournament which begins next month. The Serb would surely look forward to his meeting with Nadal in the tournament.
Monte-Carlo was Nadal’s 20th Masters’ victory. This takes Nadal one ahead of the Swiss maestro Roger Federer. This also happened to Nadal’s first win since Roland Garros last year. Djokovic has come in between Nadal and title attempts a number of times since last year. It looks as if fate wants to spark rivalry between the two players.
Nadal is confident about his form before the French Open, therefore he will take a break to rest his sore knees. Nadal didn’t drop a single set throughout the tournament at Monte Carlo. He was in control in the final too, where he broke twice in the first set before grabbing a 4-0 in the second.
Djokovic came back into the game with a break serve, but Nadal’s aggressive game play stunned the Serb. Nadal, who has managed to win the Monte Carlo Masters since 2005, clearly felt at home on his preferred clay court against Djokovic.