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David Ferrer will miss Monte Carlo Masters with thigh injury

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David Ferrer

David Ferrer last played at the Sony Open, where he lost in the final. (Alan Diaz/AP)

David Ferrer withdrew from next week’s Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, citing a thigh injury he sustained in his final loss to Andy Murray at the Sony Open in Miami. The No. 1 Spaniard tweeted his apologies and hoped to be recovered in time for the Barcelona Open, which begins April 22.

No. 4 Ferrer sits 585 points and one ranking spot ahead of Rafael Nadal as the clay season begins. His decision to skip Monte Carlo won’t threaten his position as he looks to hold off Nadal to keep the No. 4 ranking heading into the French Open. Having lost in his opening round last year to Thomaz Bellucci, Ferrer was defending a mere 10 points in Monte Carlo.

Nadal, the eight-time defending champion, is defending 1,000 points and can only lose ground to Ferrer regardless of the result. To catch Ferrer, Nadal will need to win every clay lead-up he plays — Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome — and hope Ferrer suffers a few early losses. Otherwise, Nadal will go into the French Open, a tournament he’s won seven of the last eight years, ranked outside of the top four for the first time since he first played the event in 2005.

  • Published On Apr 11, 2013
  • 3 comments
    RAFAISTHEGOAT
    RAFAISTHEGOAT

    "To catch Ferrer, Nadal will need to win every clay lead-up he plays ..... and hope that Ferrer suffers a few early losses."

     

    WRONG!!!!!

     

    Nadal lost in the 3rd round of the Madrid Masters 1000 last year.  Ferrer lost in the 4th round(quarterfinals) of that same event.  If Nadal wins Madrid this year,  and Ferrer fails to reach the finals there,  Nadal will OVERTAKE Ferrer in the rankings, assuming both perform as they did last  year in the other tourneys leading up to the French Open(Monte Carlo, Barcelona & Rome). 

     

    Ferrer does NOT have to suffer "a few early losses" for Nadal to move into the top four before Roland Garros.

    MatthewNeiger
    MatthewNeiger

    I think there should be alterations to seedings, but it should be done using a public transparent formula.  Yes, give bonus points for similiar surface performance.  Yes, give bonus points for trailing slam performances.  It should be something like:  70% all-around ranking + 15% surface ranking + 10% based on last 4 slams + 5% based on history at the specific slam.

    IdaAnnaTaylor
    IdaAnnaTaylor

     @MatthewNeiger

     Wimbledon does this (using a stated formula) but none of the other majors do.  So, Roland-Garros won't make an exception this year just for Nadal.  He didn't play for months and rightly dropped in the rankings.