There was a thin chance that Ferrer  would make a big upset defeating the king of clay because he had easily won their previous encounter (Aus Open quarter-final) two months before & Nadal could be possibly a bit tired after 3-hour semifinal vs Murray. Ferrer’s parents and his brother came to Monaco to support him. It was a different surface in France though, moreover Nadal wasn’t 100% fit in Melbourne. Nonetheless the older Spaniard played very good final from start to finish, especially at the net. Nadal  had to work hard in all his service games in the opener being forced to play ten ‘deuces’ in four games; once he escaped from 15/40, then from 0/40. After the amazingly long ten-game opener, the intensity dropped, Nadal quite easily went to 4:2*, lost three straight games to win the final three. He became the first man in the Open Era to collect seven successive titles in the same event. # Ferrer finished his career with a 1-6 record in Masters 1K finals, he lost the first two against Nadal.
Nadal’s route to his 44th title:
2 Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-2
3 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4
Q Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-3
S Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
W David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5
# Comparison of their two Masters 1K finals:
Rome ’10: Nadal d. Ferrer 7-5, 6-2… 1 hour 44 minutes… Total points: 77-59
M.C. ’11: Nadal d. Ferrer 6-4, 7-5… 2 hours 17 minutes… Total points: 81-72
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