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Tennis: Nadal makes no excuse for Monte Carlo loss

World number one Rafael Nadal on Monday refused to blame his shock defeat in the Australian Open final in January to Stanislas Wawrinka as an excuse for his loss in Monaco last week. The 27-year-old Spaniard, the top seed for this week's Barcelona Open, lost in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters to compatriot David Ferrer. It was his earliest loss in the Principality since 2003 and came 12 months after his eight-year winning streak at the event was ended in the final by Novak Djokovic.

Tennis: Wawrinka outclasses Ferrer, into first Monte Carlo final

Stanislas Wawrinka made it into his first ever Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) semi-final win over David Ferrer on Saturday. Ferrer had clinched his last four spot by toppling Monte Carlo master Rafael Nadal, the eight-time champion, in Thursday's quarter-final. But the Spanish sixth seed was unable to mete out the same treatment to Wawrinka, with the Australian Open champion sweeping into a one set lead before holding his nerve in the second set tie break.

Nadal beats Seppi in Monte Carlo for 300th career win on clay

International Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday at the Monte Carlo Masters, adding career win No. 300 on clay to his record book. Nadal needed one hour and 13 minutes to beat Seppi at the Monte Carlo Country Club, where he has won 50 matches over his career and is seeking his ninth title. The Spanish world No. 1's next opponent will be countryman David Ferrer, the 2011 finalist in Monte Carlo and a 6-4, 6-2 winner on Thursday over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Nadal tops Gabashvili to advance to Monte Carlo 3rd round

International Sports Desk, Apr 16 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal kicked off his quest for a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory Wednesday over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili. Gabashvili, who attained a career-high ranking of 58 earlier this month and made it through the qualifying stage, took advantage of a sluggish start by the world No. 1 and had a chance to grab a 4-1 lead in the first set. But Nadal lifted his game to take that set and then race out to a 4-0 lead in the second set, whipping off six games in a row in the process.

Federer to play Monte Carlo

Paris, Apr 9 (EFE).- Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has decided to kick off his French Open preparations early this year, accepting a wild-card invitation to play next week's clay-court event in Monte Carlo, tournament organizers said Wednesday. The world No. 4 has not played the Monte Carlo Masters since 2011 and had not initially signed up for this year's tournament, which is the only one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events that players can skip without ranking ramifications.

Tennis: Djokovic bans 'Nadal semi-final' talk

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal may be on course for potentially the most talked-about clash at the French Open, but the world number one Serb on Friday gave the 'N' word the silent treatment. Djokovic, the top seed, and Nadal, the third-seeded, seven-time Roland Garros champion, have been placed in the same half of the draw, which means that one of them is condemned to miss the June 9 final.

Tennis: Nadal hoping to hone condition in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal is determined to put aside his first loss in a decade in Monte Carlo as he searches for peak physical condition this week in Barcelona. The world number five brushed off his 6-2, 7-6 final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the weekend, which ended his bid for a ninth straight Monte Carlo title, saying it was "no tragedy". Instead of moaning about missing out on another clay record, the 26-year-old merely re-dedicated himself to the Roland Garros run-up, starting in the Catalan capital where he makes his second-round start on Wednesday.

Tennis:Monte Carlo Masters result

Result from final day of ATP Monte Carlo Masters Sunday: Final Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) afp13

Nadal to seek 9th straight Monte Carlo title against Djokovic

International Sports Desk, Apr 20 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal topped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on Saturday and will attempt to win his ninth consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title when he takes on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final. Nadal struggled to close out the match against the Frenchman, but he righted the ship in time to take the semifinal contest in one hour and 37 minutes for his 46th consecutive victory at this clay-court event.

Nadal survives scare to reach Monte Carlo semis

International Sports Desk, Apr 19 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal got all he could handle from Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov Friday afternoon at the Monte Carlo Masters, but he turned the match around in time to score a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory and secure a semifinal berth. The world No. 5 and third seed steamrolled through the first set of the quarterfinal match as Dimitrov struggled to penetrate Nadal's defense or get any easy points on his serve.
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