Top-seeded Novak Djokovic faced a strong and tough competition from Rafael Nadal to get into finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-3 win on Saturday. Djokovic, who won 16 matches continuously without getting defeated any match, will face sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych as he plays for a second title at the clay-court Masters.
With Prince Albert of Monaco among the spectators, both players showed some great tennis skills in the semifinals as Nadal showed a quick look of his old game mixed with aggression and great defensive shots that put his opponents in trouble. However the Spaniard Nadal, who was not in good touch due to his wrist injury and an appendectomy, was not able to show his consistency against Djokovic shots at his fourth Masters title in a row.
The first set played by both the players undergone with some up-down situations, but Nadal went through a plot in the game as he missed an easy backhand to hand two break points of Djokovic. But in the end, Djokovic prevailed and smashed a win shots following with some exchange of lobs.
In the second set, Nadal fought hard to save the match and he also saved break points in his service but his opponents played with aggression and broke in the ninth game to fix his 20th victory in 43 matches against Nadal. It was their first meeting since Nadal defeated Djokovic in the French Open finals last year.
Earlier, Berdych defeated Gael Monfis to make his place in finals in advance and overwhelmed his opponent by 6-1, 6-4. The 14th-seeded Monfils after his sixth loss in seven matches against the Czech said that it was always difficult for me when he came into court to face Tomas and he never find a proper way to play against him. He said with some hope that he will find the solution one day.
“The best thing for me is that I can see the results behind it, which is always very nice and always positive because it hasn’t been a quite easy decision to make that (coaching) change at` the end of the last year,” Berdych said. “I decided I still want to try to push myself higher and give myself another chance, to try to compete with the best ones and move myself higher and better. I think we (are) going the right way.”