Nadal to face Ferrer in quarters
Two of the world’s top five players will meet in the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo. Rafael Nadal bested Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 6-1 while David Ferrer knocked out Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-0 to set up the all-Spanish showdown. Coming into the match, Nadal is 4-3 against Ferrer but he has lost the last two times they have played (both in 2007 on hard courts). The two have played four times on clay, with Nadal winning three of those matches.
Nadal is the three-time defending champion in Monte Carlo, while Ferrer has lost in the quarterfinals the last three years (twice to Federer). This match is going to be excellent, as both players are top-notch on the dirt. Ferrer moves better than just about anybody in the world, but the relentless groundstrokes from Nadal may be too much for him. I have to give the edge to Nadal in this match, but I think it is going to be close.
Elsewhere, world #1 Roger Federer moved into the quarters with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gael Monfils of France. Federer will now face either Tommy Robredo or David Nalbandian in the quarterfinal round. If Nalbandian is his opponent, this could be a very interesting match. Federer and Nalbandian are 8-8 against each other, and Nalbandian has beat him the last two times they played. On clay, Federer is 2-1 against Nalbandian with that lone loss coming in 2002 right here in Monte Carlos.