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

PARIS Thu Jun 5, 2014 2:17am IST

David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's quarter-final match against his compatriot Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's quarter-final match against his compatriot Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 4, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - 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 Rafa Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.

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.

"(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.

"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."

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.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alan Baldwin)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Soccer

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Europa League

Europa League

Stellar Lamela is hot Spur as Tottenham hit five.  Full Article 

Sarita's Suspension

Sarita's Suspension

India hope to get boxer Sarita Devi's suspension reversed.  Full Article 

Career Best

Career Best

Lahiri celebrates Diwali with fireworks in Macau.  Full Article 

WTA Finals

WTA Finals

Sharapova falls to Kvitova as Williams bounces back.  Full Article 

'Clasico'

'Clasico'

Real, Barcelona set for titanic battle.  Full Article 

Recovering

Recovering

Schumacher has made progress, says doctor .  Full Article 

Fierce Debate

Fierce Debate

Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in S. Africa's face.  Full Article 

Fate in Balance

Fate in Balance

Caterham F1 team on brink of failure.  Full Article 

Glaring Exception

Glaring Exception

Preview - Torres struggling to keep his place at Milan.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage