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Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday to reach the final.

Nadal drops set but reaches semis

It requires something special to steal the limelight from Rafael Nadal on a clay court, but Grigor Dimitrov managed to do that in the Rolex Masters despite losing a brilliant quarterfinal encounter, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. In the end, the Bulgarian's chances of victory were ruined, not through a lack of skill but as a result of cramps in his thigh which struck at 4-4 in the third. Dimitrov...

Nadal advances to Monte Carlo semis

Rafael Nadal was pushed all the way by Grigor Dimitrov to win his 45th straight match at the Monte Carlo Masters, reaching the semifinals with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 result on Friday. Nadal dropped only his third set in his last five tournaments here, the previous times against Andy Murray in the 2011 semifinals and before that against Novak Djokovic in the 2009 final, and he was under...

Nadal through to Monte Carlo final

Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday to reach the final. The Spaniard has reached five straight finals since returning from a seven-month layoff following a left knee injury. He will face the winner of Saturday's later semifinal between top-ranked...

Nadal, Djokovic meet in Monte Carlo

Despite a brave fight back from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from 1-5 in the second set, Rafael Nadal rolled on into his ninth consecutive Rolex Masters here at the Monte Carlo Country Club, winning 6-3, 7-6 (3). As Novak Djokovic duly took care of Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1 later on a chilly, windy day on the shores of the Mediterranean, an old rivalry will resume Sunday afternoon. ...

Djokovic ends Nadal's Monte Carlo run

Novak Djokovic has finally ended Rafael Nadal's winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating the eight-time defending champion 6- 2, 7-6 (7-1) in the final. Nadal won his 46 previous matches at Monte Carlo -- beating Djokovic in last year's final -- and his last defeat here was against Guillermo Coria 10 years ago. Nadal missed the 2004 tournament through injury before...

Streak snapped, but rivalry lives on

Novak Djokovic cracked a forehand winner and the King of Clay no longer reigned in Monte Carlo. After eight straight titles and a streak of 46 matches, Rafael Nadal finally lost a match at the Rolex Masters for the first time since 2003 when he went down Sunday to the world No. 1, falling 6-2, 7-6. "It's sport, it's not a tragedy," Nadal said afterward, smiling...

Djokovic halts Nadal’s Monaco reign in final

Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, beating the eight-time defending champion 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the final.,

Djokovic Advances, Nadal Cruises, Murray, Berdych and Del Potro Upset in Monte-Carlo

  (April 18, 2013) Eight-time defending  Monte-Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at the tournament to 44 matches, while No. 1 Novak Djoovic had to rally from a set down for a second straight day to move into the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Andy Murray was not so fortunate falling to No. [...]

Djokovic, Nadal, Tsonga and Fognini Move Into Monte-Carlo Semifinals

  (April 19, 2013) Rafael Nadal extended his Monte-Carlo win streak to 45 in a row by getting past Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday to move into the semifinals of Monaco to keep hopes of a ninth straight title alive. Top seed Novak Djokovic had a straight sets win over Jarkko Nieminen, Jo-Wilfried [...]

Dr. Nadal, the Villain of Monte Carlo

by James A. Crabtree The documentations decree that a Bond baddie must often appear amicable at first, preferable have an accent, seek world revenge or domination and hang out in playgrounds of the rich. Therefore dear old Rafa could well be the quintessential James Bond baddie. Just for a moment imagine Dr. Rafa stroking a white cat, sitting on a swivel chair overlooking a giant...

Djokovic Ends Nadal Streak and Wins Monte-Carlo Masters

(April 21, 2013) Novak Djokovic won his first title at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday by besting 8-time defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (1). The win also snapped Nadal’s 46-match win streak at the Monaco tournament and earned Djokovic his 14 Masters Series title. He’s now won 8 out of the 9 Masters events [...]

Djokovic to Meet Nadal in Monte-Carlo Final

  (April 20, 2013) Novak Djokovic will meet Rafael Nadal for the first time since last year’s French Open final when they play for the Monte-Carlo Masters title on Sunday. Both men advanced to the final in straight sets. Nadal ousted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals on Saturday to earn a spot [...]

Murray's mistakes force quick exit

With varying degrees of confidence, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reached the quarter finals of the Rolex ATP Masters here but world No. 2 Andy Murray suffered a stunning set back, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in just 58 minutes. Murray, who will drop back to No. 3 on Monday as a result of this loss, usually takes time to adjust to clay and has, in fact,...

What to Watch in the ATP This Week: Barcelona and Bucharest Previews

Denied a defense in Monte Carlo, Nadal returns to home soil for another attempt. After a week comprised of a single tournament, the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the ATP plows further into the clay season with a 500 event in Barcelona and a 250 in Bucharest.  Three top-ten players appear at the former and just one at the latter as many of the leading figures conserve energy ahead...
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