Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal beaten by David Ferrer

Monte Carlo Masters 2014: Rafael Nadal is beaten 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 by David Ferrer in the quarter-finals

rafael nadal
Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to David Ferrer Photo: Marianne Bevis

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters after a straight-sets quarter-final defeat by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

The eight-time champion lost a first-set tie break before twice dropping his serve in the second as sixth seed Ferrer sealed a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victory.

All losses feel bad, but especially on clay. I’m not playing well

Rafael Nadal

“When your opponent is doing things better than you, the normal thing is to lose,” said world No1 Nadal. “That’s what happened today. I’m not happy with how I’m playing.

“All losses feel bad, but especially on clay. I’m not playing well.”

Ferrer, who had only beaten Nadal once before on clay – a decade ago – said: “I have had to wait 10 years to beat him on clay. It was a long wait but I am pleased with the win and the way I played.”

Elsewhere, Roger Federer came from behind to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6 7-6 6-1 and will play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

The Swiss, who missed 15 straight break points against the Frenchman, said: “Many things went wrong at the wrong time for me: Jo playing well, me playing wrong at certain times, wrong shot selections. [But] I’m happy I found the way to tough it out.”

Gary Neville
Gary Neville delivers his verdict on Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea FC
Gabriel Martinelli
Mikel Arteta delivers fresh update for Arsenal fans on Gabriel Martinelli
Jamie Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp makes prediction about where Liverpool FC will finish
Thomas Tuchel
Timo Werner sets out Chelsea FC targets for the rest of the season
Timo Werner
Timo Werner sends honest message to Chelsea FC fans
Gary Neville
Gary Neville delivers his verdict on Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea FC
Gabriel Martinelli
Mikel Arteta delivers fresh update for Arsenal fans on Gabriel Martinelli
Jamie Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp makes prediction about where Liverpool FC will finish
Thomas Tuchel
Timo Werner sets out Chelsea FC targets for the rest of the season
Timo Werner
Timo Werner sends honest message to Chelsea FC fans
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature