RAFAEL NADAL finally managed to beat
in a final, thrashing the top-ranked Serb, 6-3, 6-1, on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco for the eighth consecutive year and end a run of seven straight defeats to his rival in title matches.
Nadal was hardly troubled by Djokovic in this one and broke the Serb's serve five times in a one-sided affair on clay to win his 42nd straight match at Monte Carlo. It was his first title since last year's French Open and the 47th of his career.
"I always loved this tournament since I was a kid. One of my dreams was to play here," Nadal said. "It's a historic tournament, you see all your idols when you are a kid playing here."
In other tennis news:
* Serena Williams defeated Lesia Tsurenko, 6-3, 6-2, to send the United States back into the Fed Cup World Group by clinching a series victory over host Ukraine.
Philly File *
In Rome Saturday, Malvern Prep's
carried 10 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns as Team Stars & Stripes, featuring high school seniors from 19 schools in eight states, thumped Italy's 19-and-Under National All-Star team, 50-0. Other Philly guys on TS & S were Penn Charter lineman
Cardinal O'Hara linebacker
Episcopal Academy defensive back
and two Father Judge players, kicker-punter
most recently Episcopal's coach, was one of the assistants.
Sport Stops *
earned the last two singles spots on the U.S. Olympic table tennis team with wins in Cary, N.C.
* Georgia's Kat Ding defended her NCAA women's gymnastics championship on the uneven bars and added another title on the floor exercise in Duluth, Ga.