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Tennis: Nadal searches for fire as French Open nears

Rafael Nadal won't panic after having his cloak of claycourt invincibility ripped to shreds by David Ferrer, but admits he needs to quickly rediscover his famed Spanish fire. The world number one suffered just his third career defeat in Monte Carlo when he slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 quarter-final loss to compatriot Ferrer on Friday. Nadal had won the Monte Carlo title for eight successive years from 2005 to 2012 before his run was ended in 2013 by Novak Djokovic in the final.

Djokovic to vie with Federer for spot in Monte Carlo final

International Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Swiss great Roger Federer will face one other in the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters after each triumphed in hard-fought matches on Friday. Djokovic, ranked second in the world, needed more than two hours to defeat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Federer, meanwhile, squandered 16 break-point chances in the first set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and came within two points of losing the match before winning the tiebreak in the second.

Nadal's claycourt streak ended by bold Ferrer

(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's 30-match claycourt winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was stunned 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sixth seed Ferrer, who had beaten Nadal on clay only once 10 years ago and was brushed aside by the muscular left-hander in the French Open final last year, relied on his devastating forehand to prevail in over two hours.

Tennis: Monte Carlo Masters results - 2nd update

Results on the sixth day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Friday (x denotes seeding): Quarter-finals Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x8) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 David Ferrer (ESP x6) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 afp

Tennis: Federer battles back to reach Monte Carlo semis

Roger Federer battled back from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday. Federer will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for a place in the final. dj/nr

Tennis: Nadal crashes in Monte Carlo, Federer struggles through

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot and close friend David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer scraped into the last-four. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his third loss in the principality just a day after Nadal had won his 300th career claycourt match and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

British number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open

(Reuters) - British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to the United States for the operation.

Tennis: Eight-time champion Nadal knocked out of Monte Carlo

David Ferrer produced a major upset at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday as the persistent Spaniard stunned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 in the quarter-finals. Ferrer, seeded sixth, handed the top seed only his third loss at the tournament a day after Nadal had won his 300th clay match of his career and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Ferrer came to the court with a 5-21 deficit against his compatriot, whose form has dropped this season.

Ferrer upsets Nadal in Monte Carlo quarters

International Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Ten years after his only previous clay-court victory over countryman Rafael Nadal, Spain's David Ferrer upset the world No. 1 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. Ferrer, who prevailed over Nadal 7-6(1) 6-4, will face Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the semis after the Swiss player dispatched Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-2.

Ferrer upsets Nadal in Monte Carlo quarters

International Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Ten years after his only previous clay-court victory over countryman Rafael Nadal, Spain's David Ferrer upset the world No. 1 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. Ferrer, who prevailed over Nadal 7-6(1) 6-4, will face Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the semis after the Swiss player dispatched Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-2.
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