The Spaniard drew first blood as he broke Djokovic in the third game of the first set. Nadal, standing a few meters behind the baseline, was solid as a rock, producing hardly any unforced errors. On the other hand, Djokovic tried to step into the court and take the ball early on many occasions, putting pressure on the 7 time Monte Carlo champion. But he wasn’t able to penetrate Nadal’s strong defence and the Spaniard managed to break him once more when Djokovic was serving to stay in the set.
At the beginning of the second set, Nadal relentlessly continued his journey towards the title defence. With some nearly perfect display of high quality tennis, the world no.2 broke Djokovic and got off to a quick 3-0 lead. The body language of the Australian Open champion Djokovic showed signs of desperation as he tried his best to stay in the match. But Nadal would have none of it and after breaking Djokovic two more times, the Monte Carlo trophy was his for the 8th time.
Djokovic visibly wasn’t at his best today, but he did well to fight his way into the final after the loss of his grandfather this week. There will surely be more clay court finals to come between Nadal and Djoko this year and the tennis fans can prepare themselves for some high quality battles between the two.
Nadal made his way into the final by beating Gilles Simon of France in yesterday’s semis and Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic to move into his second final here.