World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is far from happy with his performance on Friday afternoon. The top ranked Spaniard lost before the final in Monte Carlo for the first time since his debut at the event in 2003, as David Ferrer swooped down to claim the upset in straight sets to reach the semi-final.
“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.”
The former eight-time champion in Monte Carlo played a relatively poor game as he hit 44 unforced errors and was broken four times by Ferrer. He admit afterwards that he did not play with the correct intensity and allowed Ferrer to control the rallies.
“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.”
Ferrer is scheduled to face Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka, who also arrived in the final four after a straight sets win over Milos Raonic, on Saturday afternoon.