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Monte Carlo photos

Novak Djokovic

Sunday: Novak Djokovic is on the back foot in the opening stages as he takes on four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is looking for a fifth straight title in Monaco and wrestles control from Djokovic to win the opening set

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic comes storming back with a fantastic second set to take the match into a decider

Novak Djokovic

A break-point chance goes begging early in the final set and Djokovic knows it could be crucial

Rafael Nadal

Nadal celebrates after securing a 6-3 2-6 6-1 victory in two hours and 43 minutes

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Nadal enjoys his 12th win over Djokovic in 16 meetings but knows it was one of his toughest

Rafael Nadal and Prince Albert II of Monaco

Nadal receives the trophy - for the fifth time - from Prince Albert II of Monaco

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Nadal and Djokovic will head to Rome for the next Masters Series 1000 tournament in a week's time

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka

Saturday: Novak Djokovic beats Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-1 6-3 in the first of the day's semi-final matches

Rafael Nadal

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal comes out firing on all cylinders in the second semi-final against Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Murray can do little to stop the world number one taking the first set with three breaks of serve

Andy Murray

Murray looks down and out midway through the second set but storms back with a break of serve to force the tie-break

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is a relieved man when he finally seals a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory and a return to the final

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

Nadal takes his career record to 7-2 against Murray but the Briton will take heart from his performance

Andy Murray

Friday: Andy Murray is up early to finish his match with Fabio Fognini - and he reaches his first clay court quarter-final with a 7-6 6-4 win

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal also has to make an early return, but he proves too strong for Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, winning 6-3 6-0

Nikolay Davydenko

Murray returns to the court a few hours later to face Nikolay Davydenko

Andy Murray

And despite suffering from blisters, Murray beats his experienced Russian opponent to make the semi-finals

Rafael Nadal

There Murray will face Nadal, the Spaniard rarely stretched in his second match of the day - a straight sets win against Ivan Ljubicic

Novak Djokovic

In the other half of the draw, Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco in three sets

Stanislas Wawrinka

Djokovic will face Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, who easily beats Andreas Beck in their last-eight match

Fans shelter under umbrellas at the Monte Carlo Masters

Thursday: Murray's third-round tie with Fabio Fognini is one of the games delayed by rain on Thursday

Roger Federer

Roger Federer gets play under way on Court Central but is below his best against Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka (left) shakes hands with Roger Federer

And the newly-married Federer goes out in straight sets as he loses to his fellow Swiss for the first time

Andy Murray

Murray recovers from 5-0 down against Fabio Fognini to win an astonishing first set 13-11 in the tie-break before the rain arrives

Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Lapentti

Nadal and Nicolas Lapentti are brought out late on to try and get under way but manage just one game before play is called off

Mirka Vavrinec

Wednesday: Mirka Vavrinec gets ready to watch her husband, Federer, take on Andreas Seppi in the second round

Roger Federer

Federer begins his clay-court campaign in fine style with an impressive 6-4 6-4 victory

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is back on his favourite surface and sweeps past Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2 6-3

Gael Monfils was a surprise loser on Tuesday

Tuesday: France's ninth seed Gael Monfils is a surprise loser, going down 6-3 6-1 to Janko Tipsarevic

Victor Hanescu

Romania's Victor Hanescu, ranked 35, faces a tough second-round tie against world number four Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Murray is in good form in his first clay-court match of the year and comes through 6-3 6-2

Novak Djokovic

World number three Djokovic makes light work of his opponent Oscar Hernandez to win 6-1 6-2

Marat Safin

Russian Marat Safin overcomes Aussie Leyton Hewitt 6-4 7-5 in a clash of former Grand Slam champions

Andy Murray has a bye in the first round but met the media on Monday to discuss his prospects on clay

Easter Monday: Murray has a bye in the first round but meets the media on Monday to discuss his prospects on clay

The Monte Carlo court is swept

Easter Saturday: The cream of men's tennis head to Monte Carlo for 2009's first major clay-court tournament

(L-R) Felicano Lopez, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Prince Albert II, Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco

Saturday's launch party gives the players an opportunity to show off their fashion sense

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see also
Nadal seals fifth Monte Carlo win
19 Apr 09 |  Tennis
Nadal beats Murray in Monte Carlo
18 Apr 09 |  Tennis

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