So finally the Grand Finale has come to Monte Carlo. World Number Two Spaniard Rafael Nadal who beat Frenchman Gilles Simon Saturday 6-3, 6-4 would walk on to the red clay of Monte Carlo Sunday 22 April 2012 to defend his title for the eighth consecutive time against World Number One Serb Norval Djokovic.
Saturday's win of the Spaniard was his 41st win and he definitely looks forward to his 42nd win along with Monte Carlo Masters title - something that he has been dreaming of since last year as he has not been able to win any major title for the past ten months due to his knee injury.
Meeting Djokovic would be difficult as the Serb despite having lost his mentor and grandfather just a couple of days back has complete control over his game and is in a winning mood. Although in the semi final Saturday against Czech Berdych, he lost the first set, but he prevailed upon him to win the next two sets, 4-6 6-3 6-2 to move in to the final.
The final on Sunday is meeting of the two giants standing on world ladder number one and two. Although many would be wanting Nadal to win for the 8th time, the Serb may not like it. Djokovic has beaten Nadal in seven consecutive finals - the last being the Australian Open. But may be the win in Melbourne had much to do with the knee injury the Spaniard has been suffering - but his latest fitness shows that he is determined to retain his title at Monte Carlo even if he has to keep crying with pain.
So we wait and watch the Grand Finale Sunday - the one in the best form and fine mental and physical state will win.
The match is scheduled for 22 April 2012 at 13:45 local time / 12:00 GMT / 13:00 BST at the centre court.
The links for the free live streaming of the Monte Carlo Masters Final between Djokovic and Nadal are given as herein under:
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