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Djokovic beats Nadal to win Monte Carlo Masters

Updated: April 21, 2013, 1:42 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Novak Djokovic kissed the clay and marveled at this sudden turn.

The top-ranked Serb won the Monte Carlo Masters, and for the first time in nine years the trophy belonged to someone other than Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's record reign at this tournament ended Sunday with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) loss in the final.

"Rafa, thank you for allowing me to win it once," Djokovic said. "I couldn't ask for a better start to the clay season."

After closing the match with another booming ...

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