|Tennis: Nadal loses in Monte Carlo|
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PARIS ó Rafael Nadalís mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.
The top-ranked Spaniard hopes his confidence isnít 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 yearís final.
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