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Finally, some comfort for Rafael Nadal

Updated: April 23, 2012, 3:28 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

In the big picture, maybe No. 1 Novak Djokovic would have been better off letting sleeping dogs lie. Rafael Nadal, his main and most bitter rival, had won the Monte Carlo Masters tournament a surreal seven times going into this year's edition. On Sunday, he made it eight in a row with a surprisingly easy 6-3, 6-1 triumph that ended his seven-match losing skid against Djokovic.

Last year, Djokovic skipped this event to rest from his perfect start to the year. He put off his return until ...

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