MONACO: Switzerland’s tennis star Roger Federer cruises into to the semifinal of Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters while top seed Rafael Nadal, eight times a winner of the French Open lost to David Ferrer, ARY News reported.
The Swiss, Roger Federer claimed victory a 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals on Friday.
It took Federer 16 break points before he finally breached Tsonga’s defences on serve.
The decisive move gave him a 2-0 lead in the third set and he went on to break Tsonga once more before claiming victory in two hours and 26 minutes.
The Swiss had been two points from defeat, trailing 5-6, 0/30 at the end of the second set, but four points later had forced a tie-break. He let slip a 6-3 lead, but was given a fourth set point chance courtesy of a Tsonga error and took his chance.
Nadal, on the other hand, faced a defeat from David Ferrer, who now joined an elite club by becoming just the third player in 11 years to defeat Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Another showdown between Djokovic and Nadal looked on the cards for Sunday, but sixth seed Ferrer was determined not to be a makeweight and earned a remarkable 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 victory.