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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

Nadal dominates Verdasco in Monaco

Associated Press

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Rafael Nadal enjoys his win over Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

LIONEL CIRONNEAU | Associated Press

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MONACO Rafael Nadal's title drought is over.

Nadal won his first tournament in nearly a year yesterday, defeating Fernando Verdasco, 6-0, 6-1, in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The second-seeded Nadal overpowered Verdasco with a stunning display of attacking clay-court tennis to earn his sixth straight victory at Monte Carlo, but his first title since the Rome Masters in May 2009.

"Last year I didn't play well but won; this year the level is completely different," Nadal said. "I have been playing well since the start of the season."

Nadal, 23, is tied with top-ranked Roger Federer with 16 Masters titles, one behind Andre Agassi's record.

Nadal sealed the win on his first match point with a forehand pass and fell to the ground, rolling on his back as he savored his victory.



Samantha Stosur earned her first title on clay, overwhelming Vera Zvonareva, 6-0, 6-3, to win the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C.

The 26-year-old Australian captured her second career title yesterday after a victory last year at Osaka.

The 11th-ranked Stosur lost only five points in overpowering her Russian opponent in the first set. She then went up 3-0 in the second, prompting a frustrated Zvonareva to smash her racket into the green clay three times after a double-fault.

The 22nd-ranked Russian went on to hold serve that game and got to 4-3 when she broke Stosur for the only time in the match.

But Stosur broke back in the next game and then held serve at love to win the match.