When Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer finally made it onto Suzanne Lenglen Court, the camaraderie had to be cast aside. This was business and Nadal had a ninth Roland Garros semi-final to reach, the world No.1 running out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 victor.
“Every story has an end, this applies to everyone,” said David Ferrer after defeating Kevin Anderson in the fourth round to set up a familiar showdown with Rafael Nadal in the quarters. Bold words from the Valencian as he aims to end the King of Clay’s reign of terror in Paris?
One of only three players to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay this year, David Ferrer has moved a step closer to a quarter-final rematch with his countryman at Roland Garros, cruising past Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli on Suzanne Lenglen Court.
David Ferrer was not ready to talk about a potential quarter-final with Rafael Nadal but did his best to ensure it eventuates after launching his 2014 campaign with a straight-sets defeat of Igor Sijsling.
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal may still be the man to beat on the red clay, but his stranglehold has loosened. Here we take a look at the top contenders for the men’s singles in the French capital this year.