Rafael Nadal added to his amazing record at the Monte Carlo Masters, demolishing Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-1 in the finals to claim a record 8th consecutive title at the tournament. The king of clay seemed almost flawless, not giving the DJoker any opportunities to claw back into the contest. The win ends Nadal’s 7-match losing streak against Djokovic.
The tournament was missing Roger Federer along with some other big names such as John Isner, Mardy Fish and Juan Martin del Potro. Dutchman Robin Haase was a surprise quarterfinalist, having beaten Juan Monaco and Thomaz Bellucci during his run. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continued his resurgence, reaching the quarter-finals to help widen the points gap between himself and David Ferrer for the world number 5 spot.
Monte Carlo is the first masters tournament of the “clay season” which spans the months of April and May. ATP tournaments during these two months are played solely on clay-court. Other tournaments to look forward to during this season are the Madrid Open (May 7-13), the Italian Open (May 14-20) and the French Open (May 28-June 10).
The only change in the top 10 since the Sony Ericsson Open has been the switch between Tsonga and Ferrer at 4th and 5th spot.
|Name||Rank||Result||Total ranking points|
|David Ferrer||6||2nd Round||4,160|
|Janko Tipsarevic||8||3rd Round||2,820|
|Juan Martin del Potro||10||2,700|