Nadal blows Verdasco away in final

MONTE CARLO - Rafael Nadal will approach his home tournament on the Barcelona clay with fresh confidence after securing a historic sixth straight Monte Carlo Masters title yesterday.

MONTE CARLO - Rafael Nadal will approach his home tournament on the Barcelona clay with fresh confidence after securing a historic sixth straight Monte Carlo Masters title yesterday.

The king of clay retained his crown by outclassing Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-0 6-1 to lift his first title in 50 weeks.

In doing so, Nadal became the first man in modern tennis history to win one event six times in succession and he will now look to repeat the trick in Barcelona.

"For me this is very emotional, this is probably my favorite tournament. I love this tournament. To win here another time is a dream for me," he said. "To win six times for me is unbelievable.

"When you don't win for a while, and you are playing really well, you really want to win," added Nadal. "You are focused more than ever." - Sapa-AFP

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