Nadal Defeats Djokovic in Monte-Carlo

April 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo - Day Eight
Rafael Nadal wins his eighth straight title at Monte-Carlo. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal won his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title with a decisive 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic Sunday.

The clay-court win for Nadal snapped a personal seven-match losing streak against Djokovic—including the last three at finals of the 2012 Australian Open, 2011 U.S. Open, and 2011 Wimbledon.

“It’s very important to break that situation,” said Nadal, according to monte-carlorolexmasters.com. “It’s important to win a tournament another time. Especially [this] tournament. [Breaking] that situation [and] winning a Masters 1000, one of my favorites, [makes] everything perfect today.”

The title for Nadal gives him a record 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns—one more than Roger Federer. It’s also his first title since winning last year’s French Open.

“To start the clay-court season winning here is an amazing feeling,” Nadal said. “This tournament is very special for me.”