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Djokovic won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tournament by defeating Nadal

Apr 22, 2013 11:59 IST

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Novak Djokovic on 21 April 2013 defeated Rafekl Nadal in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament at Monte-Carlo, Monaco. With this win in the Monte-Carlo Tournament, Djokovic ended Nadal’s eight-year reign in the tournament as well as 46 match winning streak in the Monte-Carlo Clay Court Masters tournament.

Djokovic defeated Nadal with 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the game that lasted for 1 hour and 52 minutes and for Djokovic. He lost to Nadal in Monte Carlo 2009 and 2012 tournament and became the first player to defeat the king of clay court Nadal in three different finals on clay; previously he defeated Nadal in Madrid and Rome in 2011. Nadal’s eight straight titles in the row is the record for the tournament in ATP.

Djokovic also ended the 81 match winning streak of Nadal on the clay court in April 2013, before this Nadal last lost a match on clay court on 8 April 2005 in the Valencia quarter finals to Igor Andreev.

This is the first Monte-Carlo title and 14th ATP world Masters 1000 titles with overall 37 trophies for Djokovic. With this win, he has won every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title except the Western and Southern Open Cincinnati.

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is also known as the Gem of the Mediterranean. The event celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006 and is first among all the three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments that are played on the clay court. The tournament is a player and fan favourite due to its magnificent location and long tradition of champions. Rafael Nadal of Spain won an Open Era record eight successive title from 2005-2012 and has a staggering event record of 48-2.

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