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Top-ranked Djokovic claims 2nd Monte Carlo Masters title with 3-set win over Berdych

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia  plays a return to Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS IDENTITY OF PLAYER - Thomas Berdych of Czech Republic serves the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbiaduring their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS IDENTITY OF PLAYER - Thomas Berdych of Czech Republic serves the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbiaduring their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves the ball to Thomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves the ball to Thomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won the Monte Carlo Masters for the second time in three years by defeating sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday.

Djokovic, who has lost only two matches in 2015, became the first player in tennis history to win the first three Masters tournament of the year after completing the Indian Wells-Miami sweep this spring.

In windy and humid conditions, both players struggled with their serve and made several unforced errors in a final that lacked rhythm and was suspended by rain.

Berdych put Djokovic on the back foot in the early stages with his powerful groundstrokes and forced the Serb into a deciding set for the first time this week but was ultimately made to pay for his erratic display.

With his 23rd Masters title, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 17 matches.