Nadal hammers Djokovic to win eighth Monte Carlo crown
MONTE CARLO, April 22 — World number two Rafael Nadal thrashed top seed Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-1 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to win the claycourt title for an eighth consecutive time.
Nadal, who had lost his previous seven finals to the Serb, wrapped up a one-sided match with an ace after 78 minutes.
On a windy and sunny afternoon by the Mediterranean, the Spaniard became the first player ever to win a tournament eight times in a row as he clinched his 47th ATP Tour title.
Djokovic, who calls Nadal the “ king of claycourt” despite upsetting him in last year’s Madrid and Rome Masters events, struggled to mount a challenge as he made numerous unforced errors throughout. — Reuters