Losing just an astonishing 14 games en route to the title, Rafael Nadal made Open Era history when he thwarted Fernando Verdasco in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters final, 6-0, 6-1. It was the Spaniard's first title since May when he won the clay-court title in Rome, and Verdasco now knows better than anyone else that Rafa Nadal is not joking around this Spring. With a display of ostensibly effortless brilliance, Nadal extended his win streak in Monte Carlo to 32, putting him one Masters title shy of Andre Agassi's record of 17.
“Last year I didn’t play well but won; this year the level is completely different,” said the world number 3. “I have been playing well since the start of the season.” He went on to call the match "one of my best performances on clay."
Verdasco found the humor in defeat, telling the crowd in his speech, “If he plays like this, no one can beat him. He beat everyone in six years here and I’m just one of them. I hope one day Rafa gets tired of winning here."
Rafa has decided to stray away from his usual clay-court swing, as he has pulled out of the Barcelona Open, where he is the 5-time defending champion. Nadal cited exhaustion as his reason, but will be back to continue his clay-court domination in Rome.