(April 20, 2013) Novak Djokovic will meet Rafael Nadal for the first time since last year’s French Open final when they play for the Monte-Carlo Masters title on Sunday. Both men advanced to the final in straight sets.
Nadal ousted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals on Saturday to earn a spot in the final and extend his win streak there to 46, while Djokovic ran through Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1. This will; be the 16th time they’ll face each other with a title on the line. Nadal leads Djokovic 8-7 head-to-head in finals, 19-14 overall.
Nadal is looking for his ninth straight Monte-Carlo title.
“At the start of the week, the way I felt in the first match, if somebody told me I’d be playing finals, I’d be very happy to hear that,” said Djokovic who has been dealing with an ankle injury this week. “I’m handling it much better than I was at the start of the week. It has been improving and the pain has been decreasing. It’s much, much less than before.”
“I know what I need to do,” Djokovic said of trying to beat Nadal. “Of course, it’s easier said than done.”
RESULTS – SATURDAY, 20 APRIL, 2013
Singles – Semi-finals
 N Djokovic (SRB) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 61
 R Nadal (ESP) d  J Tsonga (FRA) 63 76(3)
Doubles – Semi-finals
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) 63 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 64 63
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 21 APRIL, 2013
COURT CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs  R Nadal (ESP)
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)