Result: David Ferrer wins all-Spanish Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final

David Ferrer of Spain in action in his match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 2, 2013
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David Ferrer beats Rafael Nadal in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

World number one Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by his Spanish counterpart David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

The sixth seed got off to a great start with a comfortable hold and a break of serve at the first time of asking, but in a marathon third game Nadal broke back to being things level.

Neither man was able to hold on to his own serve and two more consecutive breaks followed, before they finally managed to start holding, with Ferrer taking the first set on a tie-break comfortably despite losing the first point.

In the second set Ferrer got first blood with a break in the third game, before claiming another to make it 5-2. However, when serving for the match he lost his nerve as Nadal battled back to 5-4, before the sixth seed managed to see out the set 6-4.

Ferrer now moves on to join Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

David Ferrer celebrates after his win over Florian Mayer in their Australian Open fourth round match on January 19, 2014
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