Rafael Nadal is not happy. In an error-strewn loss the “King of Clay” was shocked by countryman David Ferrer 76(1), 64 today in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. Nadal, who had been to the final the loss nine years at the event winning eight, suffered his first loss on clay to Ferrer in 10 years.
“Losing hurts everywhere. On clay always a little bit more,” said Nadal. “I am not happy today about what I did. Not very happy about the way that I played the second set after losing the first. I didn’t play with the right intensity at the beginning of the second. I give him big opportunity at the beginning of the second. I cannot do that.”
Nadal finished with 44 unforced errors and was broken four times by Ferrer who he had beaten 17 straight times on clay.
“When you play tennis, you can lose, you can win. When the opponent is doing things better than you, the normal thing is you lose. That’s what happened today,” said Nadal. “I didn’t play the right way. I didn’t play with the right intensity with my forehand. I played too short. I give him the chance to have control of the point almost all the time. He did much better than me, so I just congratulate him.”
The 32-year-old Ferrer who’ll face Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals tomorrow, called it a special win.
“It is special,” said Ferrer. “Last time I beat Rafael on a clay court was 10 years ago. I had to wait 10 years to beat him on a clay court! I am happy because I am in the semi-final and because I am playing very good this week. Maybe this week, it was my best week of the season.”
Nadal will maintain his World No. 1 status, but has just two smaller titles on the year at Doha and Rio and has just one Top 10 victory.
Nadal now heads to Barcelona where he will seek a ninth title.
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