In arguably the most one-sided Masters final of all time, Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 to claim his 6th straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters. The win marked Nadal’s 1st title since the Rome Masters in May of 2009, which was a pretty big drought for the Mallorcan considering he had won 6 Grand Slam titles and 16 Masters titles in a five year span.
Nadal was dominant all week in Monaco, not dropping a single set and only losing a total of 14 games in the 10 sets that he played on his way to his 37th career title. Nadal also won 3 matches in which he only dropped a single game (Verdasco, Berrer, and Bakker).
In his current form, it’s hard to imagine that any player on tour, or in the history of clay court tennis for that matter, could compete with King Rafa. As long as Nadal stays healthy, he should quite comfortably dethrone Roger Federer and win his 5th French Open title at Roland Garros next month. Most experts had expected the same result last year though, before Serbian, Novak Djokovic pushed Nadal to a dramatic final-set tie-break in Madrid in a match that took over four hours and left Nadal less than 100% for the remaining clay court season. I predict that Nadal will continue his dominance and win titles at Barcelona, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros, not dropping a single clay court match this year.