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I threw in the towel, says Ferrer after losing to Nadal

June 05, 2014 09:43 IST

I threw in the towel, says Ferrer after losing to Nadal

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David Ferrer admitted he effectively 'threw in the towel' on the way to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.

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Ferrer, who beat the world number one in the Monte Carlo Masters claycourt quarter-finals this year, ran out of steam after taking charge of the first set.

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Image: David Ferrer of Spain
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'I thought, I'm not going to be able to come back into the match'

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"(In the second set) Rafael started playing a lot better, making fewer mistakes, and then it's like I threw in the towel," said the fifth-seed, who lost in the all-Spanish final aganst Nadal at Roland Garros last year.

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"I don't usually do this, but I thought, I'm not going to be able to come back into the match. I thought, No, no, not against Rafa. He's such good a player."

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Image: David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's quarter-final match against his compatriot Rafael Nadal
Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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'I lost my focus, and then I made so many mistakes'

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Ferrer lost 13 of the last 14 games - and 10 in a row - as Nadal cruised towards a semi-final meeting with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain.

For someone who still managed to take a set off Nadal, who until then had yet to concede one in Paris this year, Ferrer was harsh on himself.

"I wouldn't even use the word 'frustration' you see. What I missed is perhaps strength or the appetite to win and the drive," he said.

"I lost my focus, and then I made so many mistakes. Well, of course everybody can make mistakes, but today... the third set is something I'd like to forget," he said.


Image: David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain
Photographs: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

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