Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal left the court with a grumpy look on his face after gusting winds and rain interrupted his quarter-final match against fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.
Ninth seed Ferrero was up 3-2 in a tense encounter on centre court when the players were sent back into the locker room for around 30 minutes.
Five-times champion Nadal wiped off dust in his eyes in the third game, while VIPs on the terrace had the sunshades pulled back into place after sudden gusts of winds sent white napkins flying.
But Ferrero refused to get distracted by the airborne debris and continued to hammer Nadal’s backhand to try and stay in contention. He levelled for 2-2 when the world number three failed to retrieve a crosscourt passing shot.
While fans took cover from the wind by draping Spanish flags around their shoulders, Ferrero held for 3-2.
Earlier, Spain’s David Ferrer, seeded 11th, ran into a spot of bother in a 7-5 7-6 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber to become the first player to reach the semi-finals.
Ferrer, who will face either Nadal or Ferrero for a place in Sunday’s final broke decisively in the 11th game to take the opening set when Kohlschreiber netted a forehand.
With Ferrer serving for the match, Kohlschreiber came out all guns blazing to break back to love and send the contest into a tiebreak.
The decider was a no contest, Ferrer winning it 7-1 when Kohlschreiber misfired a routine backhand into the stands as the skies faded to grey.
First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 19:15