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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.

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.

Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer cruise in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal racked up his 300th career claycourt win to reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday where he was joined by longtime rivals Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, and Roger Federer. World number one Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his landmark 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi while Djokovic cruised past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Federer saw off Czech Lukas Rosol.

Tennis: Nadal earns 300th clay win, Federer strolls

World number one Rafael Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his 300th career victory on clay and advance into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. He was joined in the last-eight by defending champion Novak Djokovic who eased past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer who spent just 57 minutes in going past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1 to next line up against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tennis: Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory

Top seed Rafael Nadal finished with a clean ace on match point to seal his 300th career victory on clay and advance into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. The eight-time winner here became just the 11th man to crack 300 wins on the dirt: the last to do so was Spaniard Carlos Moya in 2007. Nadal began his formidable run on the surface with his first clay win in 2002 and has not looked back since. At the top of the all-time table in the victory category is Argentine Guillernmo Vilas, who ended his career standing 644-183 on the surface.

Tennis: Monte Carlo Masters results - 1st update

Results on the fifth day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 3rd rd Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x11) 6-4, 6-3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) walkover, injured foot Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-3 afp

Tennis:Grand Slam winning trio ease into Masters third round

Grand Slam winning trio Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka all looked in sublime form as they progressed to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with straight set victories on Wednesday. Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in beating Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili, who held a shock 3-1 lead early on, 6-4, 6-1. Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters event that he has never won, looked in top shape as he romped to a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of talented Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in 52 minutes.

Tennis: Nadal, Federer rush to victories in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer rushed into the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, with both posting quick opening victories. Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in smothering any upset hopes of Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who got off to a shock 3-1 lead before Spain's king of clay reeled him in for a 6-4, 6-1 success. Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters 1000 event that he has never won, delivered a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing to fellow veteran Radek Stepanek.
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