Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 in Sunday’s final to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the sixth straight year and end his title drought. Nadal sealed the win on his first match point with a forehand pass and fell to the ground in celebration.
The win was Nadal’s 32nd straight win at Monte Carlo since 2003, and the relief at clinching his 37th career title was evident as he cried at the conclusion of the match. Just like in 2007 and ’08, Nadal did not drop a set during the tournament. Verdasco simply had no answers as he lost his 10th straight match to Nadal, who covered every part of the court and showed that when healthy he is difficult, if not impossible to beat on clay.