Clay king Nadal slays Djokovic

Apr 23, 2012, 10:04 IST | AFP

The rout in 78 minutes with an ace on match point, came against a Serb opponent who was drained after learning of the death of his grandfather in Serbia this week.

Nadal celebrates after winning the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. Pic/AFP

Nadal was quietly celebrating the end of a nightmare after losing his last seven finals against Djokovic, who also beat Spaniard on “his” surface for 2011 trophies in Madrid and Rome. “I loved this tournament since I was a kid,” said Nadal.

Emotionally drained
Djokovic admitted that after winning three matches and coming from behind since receiving news of his family tragedy “I just didn’t have any emotional energy left in me. “I was there physically, game-wise I was playing OK throughout the week. But it was a bad day. If I wanted to have any chance of winning against Rafa on clay, I needed that extra gear, which I didn't have.

Novak Djokovic

“Rafa always plays well on clay, it’s been like that throughout the years. Today he played just enough to win. I made a lot of unforced errors. I just wasn't there, I didn't play well.”  

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