Nadal makes six in a row in Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO: Rafael Nadal charged back to clay-court supremacy with overwhelming force on Sunday, crushing Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 to claim an unprecedented sixth straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Spaniard also ended a personal dry spell as he charged to his first title since defeating Novak Djokovic last May in the Rome final.
The four-time Roland Garros champion returned to form with one of the most brilliant efforts of his storied career, losing a total of just 14 games and winning three matches with the loss of just one game in each.
Nadal claimed his 32nd straight win at Monte Carlo and remains undefeated at the venue since 2003.
Nadal becomes the first player in the post-1968 Open era to win a tournament title for six straight years and gives Spain their eighth winner in the last nine tournaments.
He improved to 16-6 his record at the Masters 1000 level as he claimed the 26th clay title of his career, having lost his only two clay finals against Roger Federer, in Hamburg in 2007 and Madrid in 2009.
Nadal dominated with seven breaks of serve while his compatriot Verdasco committed 32 unforced errors.
The sixth-seeded challenger looked threatening only once, in the marathon sixth game of the second set, as he forced the fighting Nadal to save five break points to move ahead 5-1. A game later it was all over on the first match point as Nadal broke back for victory.