Nole captured his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over Rafael Nadal in one hour and 52 minutes to win his eighth different Masters 1000 crown.
Nole won his third title of the season and his 14th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy. The only event he has yet to win is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinatti.
In the first set Nole took advantage by gaining service breaks in the second and fourth games and raced to a 5-0 lead. He missed five break/set points in the sixth game, and then got broken in the next when serving for the set. Djokovic made a third break when Nadal double faulted on Nole’s eighth set point. Nadal made a break in the fifth game of the second set and consolidated it to go 4-2 up. Nole regained his composure, played a superb game, with backhand, forehand and service winners to hold to love and then broke back to level the result. He was broken again in the 11th game, but found strength to fight back once more with Rafa serving for the set. Djokovic saved the best for last, taking the tie-break 7-1 to end Nadal’s reign of 46 straight wins and eight consecutive titles in Monte Carlo, making it third time lucky after finishing runner-up to the Spaniard in 2009 and 2012.
“It’s a great pleasure to be here. It’s a magnificent moment, very, very special, because I live here and have a lot of support,” Novak said at the trophy ceremony. “Rafa, it was a pleasure once again. Thank you for letting me win at least once.” “I cannot wish for a better start of the clay season. I spend a lot of time in Monaco so I know a lot of people, we became friends over many years, and its definitely the most beautiful club in the world. I’m very privileged to be playing in it. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play this year. Right now it’s the best decision of my life!”
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After winning his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title, Nole has increased his lead over his rivals in the latest ATP Ranking List. Novak is on top with 12,900 points, and 4,230 points advantage over second-ranked Roger Federer.
ATP top 10 as of Monday, April 22:
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 12,900
2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670
3. Andy Murray (GBR) 8,660
4. David Ferrer (ESP) 6,970
5. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5,985
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4,760
7. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,750
8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3,875
9. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 3,365
10. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3,000
Djokovic is on top of the ATP Race to London standings with 4,120 points, ahead of Murray (2,720), Nadal (2,500), Ferrer (2,370) and Berdych (1,640).
Djokovic will next play at the Mutua Madrid Open (5-12 May), where he reached quarter-finals last year. He triumphed at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2011.
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