It was bound to happen at some point. Rafael Nadal's bid to win his 9th consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title was halted by Novak Djokovic. That wasn't the only Nadal streak that was ended by his straight sets loss against the world #1. He also hadn't lost a match in April in his previous 81 matches until now. His 19 match winning streak this year was also cut short. Not a good day for Rafa and his fans.
Nevertheless, he did get to his 5th final in a row this year and he remains to be a very strong contender for the rest of the clay court season (and well, the rest of 2013). It was also his first match against Novak Djokovic since his 7-month lay-off, and Novak himself has been in fine form this year. Hopefully Nadal can rebound from this loss and get back to his winning ways on his favorite surface. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that he can win the French Open.