A blockbuster showdown between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is on the cards for Saturday in Monte-Carlo. A much more surprising semifinal pits Tomas Berdych against Gael Monfils.
Stan Wawrinka was bad from start to finish against Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday in Monte-Carlo. Roger Federer was bad only in the second-set tiebreaker against Gael Monfils.
Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer was expected to be a hard-fought struggle in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarterfinals and it certainly lived up to that billing on Friday afternoon. The other three matches, it’s safe to say, were nothing of the sort.
Marks have been lost on clay many times before, perhaps none more famously than when Rafael Nadal faced Robin Soderling at the 2009 Rome Masters. It happened again in Lleyton Hewitt’s match on Tuesday in Houston.