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MONACO – Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, beating the eight-time defending champion 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the final.
Nadal won his 46 previous matches at Monte Carlo, including a victory over Djokovic in last year's final. The Spaniard's last defeat in this event was against Guillermo Coria 10 years ago.
Nadal missed the 2004 tournament because of injury before winning his first Monte Carlo title the following year. Nadal then beat Roger Federer in the next three finals.
Djokovic faced Nadal for the 16th time in a final, and they are now 8-8 in such matches. Nadal had won the previous three, including the French Open final last year.