Rafael Nadal’s standing because the world’s high tennis player might have dimmed slightly with 2 recent final defeats, however the Spaniard showed once more on Sunday that he’s the person to beat on clay.
The 24-year-old extended his record of most successive titles in an ATP Tour event along with his seventh success in Monte Carlo, boosting his leading tally of Masters Series crowns to nineteen.
Nadal beat fourth-seeded compatriot David Ferrer 6-4 7-5 within the final as he shook off successive losses on hard-court surfaces to the pretender to his throne, Novak Djokovic, to assert his forty fourth career title and also the $630,000 1st prize.
He has won thirty of these on clay, putting him equal third within the post-1968 Open Era list alongside compatriot Manuel Orantes and Bjorn Borg.
"Rafa is unimaginable on clay. I mean, he is everywhere at a similar time. he is the simplest player on clay in history," Ferrer told the tournament’s official web site.
Djokovic, unbeaten in 2011, missed this tournament thanks to a knee injury however the Serbian is predicted to line up alongside Nadal at the Madrid Masters at the beginning of next month.
Nadal won that event last year as he went through the clay season unbeaten, culminating in his fifth French Open triumph.
That run saw him beat Ferrer within the final of the Rome Masters, and he once more denied the 29-year-old a one,000-point haul in Monte Carlo on Sunday as he avenged his defeat at the Australian Open quarterfinals in January.
Ferrer dropped function early because the third game, however the planet No. half-dozen broke back immediately as each players created uncharacteristic errors that might be symptomatic of a match additionally that includes moments of brilliance.
Nadal broke once more within the fifth game and won the gap set in seventy minutes.
He won against serve within the third game of the second set before Ferrer fought back to steer 5-4, however Nadal broke him once more to travel 6-5 up and sealed victory when his opponent netted on the second match-point.
Nadal’s solely defeat in Monte Carlo came at his 1st look in 2003.
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Meanwhile, Russia ended Italy’s Fed Cup reign by reaching the ultimate of the women’s groups event with a comprehensive 5-0 victory on Sunday.
The home team led 2-0 when the gap day in Moscow, and world No. three Vera Zvonareva place her country into the title match for the primary time since her last look within the tournament in 2008 by beating Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-2.
With the tie over, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stepped in for Saturday’s singles winner Svetlana Kuznetsova handy Sara Errani her second defeat because the Russian triumphed 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).
Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova then sealed the whitewash, beating Alberta Brianti and Maria-Elena Camerin 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 within the doubles.
Italy had won the title the past 2 years, however went into this match while not top-ranked players Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta.
The other semifinal between Belgium and also the Czech Republic in Charleroi has gone to the deciding doubles rubber when each groups won a singles tie on Sunday.
Czech No. one Petra Kvitova gave her country a 2-1 lead with a 7-5 4-6 2-6 victory over Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium’s top-ranked player within the absence of injured world No. a pair of Kim Clijsters.
But 106th-ranked Kirsten Flipkens leveled the score once more by beating Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova 6-2 6-3.
The Belgians were overwhelmed by Italy within the 2006 final, having won the title for the primary time in 2001.
Czechoslovakia won the title 5 times however not since separating into 2 nations following the Velvet Revolution in 1989.