8-time Monte Carlo champ Nadal ousted

(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.

The top-ranked Spaniard hopes his confidence isn't gone, too.

Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday, his earliest exit since 2003 at a tournament that helped build his reputation as perhaps the greatest clay-court player of all time. Nadal won eight consecutive titles here from 2005-12, before losing to Novak Djokovic in last year's final.

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2014 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 13,730
2 N. Djokovic 11,680
3 S. Wawrinka 5,760
4 R. Federer 5,355
5 T. Berdych 4,720
6 D. Ferrer 4,640
7 J. del Potro 4,260
8 A. Murray 4,040
9 R. Gasquet 2,635
10 M. Raonic 2,580
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Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 12,375
2 N. Li 7,585
3 A. Radwanska 5,980
4 V. Azarenka 5,441
5 S. Halep 4,695
6 P. Kvitova 4,295
7 A. Kerber 4,110
8 J. Jankovic 4,010
9 M. Sharapova 3,961
10 D. Cibulkova 3,720
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