MONACO — Rafael Nadal finally managed to beat Novak Djokovic in a final, breezing 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth straight year and end a run of seven defeats to his rival in title matches.
Nadal hardly was troubled by the world’s top-ranked player in this one and broke his serve five times to win his 42nd straight match at Monte Carlo. It was his first title since last year’s French Open and the 47th of his career.
Djokovic, who has been playing through grief since the death of his grandfather Thursday, said he felt emotionally drained and was unable to summon the mental strength he needed to dig deep against Nadal.
Williams‘ win gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-0 lead. Christina McHale later won 7-5, 6-3 against Elina Svitolina, 17, to secure a sweep of the singles matches.
“We’re back in the World Group where we want to be and it feels really good to get two points,” she said.
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