Sunday, April 21, 2013

The New King of Monaco

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The "Roman Empire" of tennis has fallen as 8-time defending champion Rafael Nadal falls to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco. Djokovic won a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 match in the prestigious clay-court event which Nadal has owned since 2005. Nadal's eight consecutive titles at Monte-Carlo are the most ever in the Open Era for a player in a single event.

For Djokovic, he becomes the first man to ever beat Nadal in 3 different clay-court events. He also defeated the clay-court specialist in Rome and Madrid in 2011.

Overall this was the 16th time these two titans have met in a tournament final and their head-to-head record now stands at 8-8. Talk about a rivalry!

Read two 2011 posts I wrote about this rivalry HERE and HERE.

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