Monte Carlo Masters: Novak Djokovic 'could not be happier' after final victory
Last Updated: 21/04/13 9:22pm
Novak Djokovic: 'Could not be happier' after Monte Carlo triumph
Novak Djokovic admitted he needed to produce his best clay-court tennis to end Rafael Nadal's eight-year dominance at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Serbian underlined his status as world No 1 with a clinical 6-2 7-6 victory in the final on Sunday, ending Nadal's mammoth 46-match unbeaten run at the Masters 1000 event.
And Djokovic, twice a runner-up at the event in 2009 and 2012, has taken extra satisfaction from his maiden title given the fact that an ankle injury marred his preparations for the event.
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"I cannot be happier than I am at this moment, knowing what I've been through the whole week ... trying to recover and make my decision to play," he told a news conference afterwards.
"If somebody had told me 10 days ago that I'd be winning the trophy, I wouldn't have though it was realistic."
The Serbian, who had said he would need to be at his very best to have any chance of recording a third clay-court final victory over Nadal, sailed through the opening set before showing all his mental toughness to prevail in a second set tie-breaker
"The first six, seven or eight games were unbelievable. It's the best I can play on clay - well, it's the only way you can win against Rafa" he added.
"I knew after yesterday's match (a semi-final win over Fabio Fognini) that I had a feeling that I had a big chance to win against Rafa if I was on the top of my game."