Well, there's nothing like a little Monte Carlo to make things all right again for Rafael Nadal.
For the second year in a row, he won the Masters 1000 event for his first title of the year, this time beating world number-one Novak Djokovic in the final. And this particular event is where he's been the most prolific in his career as this year's edition was his eighth consecutive title in Monaco.
Now it's on to Barcelona, where he's also done pretty good--he's won there six times in the past seven years. Andy Murray and David Ferrer are probably the players best-suited to disrupt that run in the ATP 500 tournament, but maybe not too much.
Expect Rafa to run pretty rampant through the field in Spain. It'll be interesting to see what happens when it gets to the Masters 1000 events in Rome and Madrid. But tearing through the red clay is nothing new to Rafa, and more than likely he will do the same this season.
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