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The new Master?

Rafael Nadal has been the undisputed king of tennis for a few years now, but it looks as though the baton might be being from the holiday isle of Majorca to the Balkans, as Novak Djokovic defeated him on his own patch, on clay in a straight sets victory in the Madrid Masters final.

The Serb beat the world No1 7-5, 6-4 in a powerful display, going at Nadal in a series of dramatic rallies, and confirming the best start to a season since John McEnroe’s 42-match run in 1984. Djokovic has now won 32 matches in a row in 2011 and picked up six titles in the process, including the Australian Open, and it looks like he could be a very hard man to beat in all of this year’s Grand Slam events. Ending Nadal’s own 38-match unbeaten run on clay was no mean feat in itself.

‘First of all to Rafa, bad luck today,’ Djokovic said after winning and picking up a whopping €590,000 first prize. ‘It's always a big challenge to play you, you are a great champion. Hopefully we can have many more matches.’

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