MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 21: A general view of court central showing Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in their semi-final during day seven of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters, at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 21, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Tennis royalty mingles with actual royalty Sunday, as Monte Carlo winner Rafael Nadal (far right) and runner-up Novak Djokovic (far left) pose with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Nadal defeated Djokovic for his eighth straight Monte Carlo title.
Rafael Nadal holds his trophy Sunday after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco. It is Nadal's eighth consecutive victory in the tournament. Nadal, who before Sunday had dropped seven straight contests to Djokovic in title matches, easily dispatched his top-ranked rival this time.
In defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic Sunday at Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal extended his dominance on clay courts. Nadal won handily (6-3, 6-1), securing his first title since the 2011 French Open.
Out of reach
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has had Rafael Nadal's number of late, beating the Spaniard seven consecutive times in title matches. But Djokovic was no match for Nadal on Sunday. The Serb made 25 unforced errors and fell 6-3, 6-1.
Sunday's Monte Carlo final was just the latest meeting between Novak Djokovic, left, and Rafael Nadal. While Nadal has struggled recently against his top-ranked rival, he met little resistance from Djokovic this time. The win also extended Nadal's all-time lead in their matchups to 17-14.
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Perfect day for a final
Perhaps the only thing more awe-inspiring than a tennis final involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic? The views and scenery Sunday at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco.
Back at you
France's Gilles Simon plays a return to Spain's Rafael Nadal, during their semifinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament.
Have a blast
Tomas Berdych plays a return to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their semifinal match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament.
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating France's Gilles Simon during their semifinal match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament. Nadal advances to face Novak Djokovic in the final.
Novak Djokovic prepares to return a shot from Tomas Berdych during their semifinal match, which Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Take it in
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play in the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, which has provided a beautiful backdrop to the on-court action.