MONTE CARLO - David Ferrer produced a major upset at the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday, the persistent Spaniard stunning 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.
"When the opponent is doing the things better than you, the normal thing is to 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 the control of the point almost all the time. He did much better than me, so just congratulate him."
Ferrer will now face off today against Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka.