Rafael Nadal’s words below after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 to win the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. It was the first time Rafa had beaten Djokovic after losing seven straight finals to him over the past year.
"It was important to beat Novak, but if I am honest, it was more important to win in Monte Carlo. After my career all that will remain are the titles, the victories and not who I managed to win them against."
Clearly, there were some “extenuating circumstances" since Djokvic’s grandfather had died
a few days earlier. Regardless, Nadal served very well, winning 85% of his first serve points and 50% of his second serve points, which are key stats if he’s to defeat Djokovic again in the future. The win was also Rafa’s first victory over Novak since the ATP World Tour Finals in November, 2010, and definitely boosted Nadal’s confidence as he heads into the rest of the clay court season leading up to the French Open
. At the same time, Nadal’s sore knee also held up well, which was also a good sign. Rafa has now won eight straight titles and 42 straight matches in Monte Carlo and leads his head-to-head rivalry against Djokovic 17-14.