Djokovic Ends Nadal Clay Streak with Madrid Win

Novak Djokovic is the new king of clay, at least for the next few days.

Djokovic extended his perfect start to the season to 32 matches on Sunday by beating Rafael Nadal, 7-5 6-4, in the final of the Madrid Open and subsequently ending the world no.1’s own unbeaten run on clay at 37. It was also the Serbian world no.2 ‘s third-straight victory over Nadal in a final this year, following wins at Indian Wells and Miami earlier in the season.

Djokovic’s win ended a string of nine losses on clay to Nadal, who could lose his number one ranking if the Serbian takes the Italian Open this week. Both Nadal and Djokovic received a first-round bye at the Rome tournament that started on Monday.

Djokovic, who now has six titles for the year, is second only to John McEnroe for the best start to a season. McEnroe had a 42-0 start during the 1984 season.