Following an unexpected turn of events on Friday afternoon, which involved a historic upset that saw Rafael Nadal exit the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters before the finals for first time in a decade, the new semi-final will be between Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka and kingslayer David Ferrer. This would mark the 13th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the series 7-5. Check out the Ferrer vs Wawrinka Head to Head matches.
While Wawrinka did not achieve a historic feat on Friday afternoon, he managed to secure a place in the Monte Carlo semi-finals, where he will play Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer. The Swiss’ performance was an impressive one all the same, and while he was unable to find a break in the opening set, he still won it in a close tiebreaker and followed up with a breezy second set that ended 6-2. Wawrinka hit 30 winners and 80% of his first service points to secure the victory in 1 hour and 31 minutes.
“The match was tough,” said Wawrinka. “I think I played a great match. I was really focused on my serve to be really aggressive from the first shot, to make him move, to make him work for every ball. The match could have changed completely. He was up two times with a mini break in the tie-break. It’s never easy to play him. He’s a big server. He’s strong. He’s tough to play. He can play fast. I just think that I played a solid match.”
Wawrinka will be gunning for his first Master 1000 crown, after reaching the finals twice in Madrid and Rome.
- Both of Wawrinka’s previous Masters 1000 finals have both been on clay: Rome (2008) and Madrid (2013)
- Wawrinka was the first Grand Slam champion to beat a No. 1 and No. 2 since Bruguera at 1993 Roland Garros
- He is also the first player to beat Djokovic and Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament.
Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer produced a monumental upset in Monte Carlo, as he defeated clay court king and eight-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal 7-6(1), 6-4 to reach the semi-finals at this event. It was his first victory over Nadal on clay since Stuttgart in 2004, when Nadal was ranked No. 56 at the time. Since then, Nadal had lifted the Monte Carlo title eight consecutive times, and finished runner-up last year to Novak Djokovic.
“It is special,” said Ferrer. “Last time I beat Rafael on a clay court was 10 years ago. I had to wait 10 years to beat him on a clay court! I am happy because I am in the semi-final and because I am playing very good this week. Maybe this week, it was my best week of the season.”
“Stan is playing unbelievable this season with a lot of power in his shots. I have to play similar like today or yesterday to have a chance.”
- Ferrer handed Nadal his earliest loss since his 2003 debut at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
- It the first time in 10 years that Ferrer beats Nadal on clay.
This marks the 13th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the series 7-5. The Spaniard holds a 5-1 record against Wawrinka on clay, but the Swiss star holds the most recent clay court victory, which was a 6-1, 6-4 win in Oeiras last season. It will be interesting to see who has the advantage in this contest, as both seem to be playing some fantastic tennis this week in Monte Carlo.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets