There are several ways to look at Roger Federer’s unexpected quarterfinal loss at the 2011 Masters Series Monte Carlo. It could just be a rusty start in the first clay court tournament of the season. It could be further evidence that the Roger Federer once dominant no longer exists. It could be both.
No problems for Rafael Nadal as he continues to be the King of Clay. Fans at Monte Carlo won’t get to see Nadal-Federer, and Djokovic pulled out with an injury. But a matchup of Nadal and Ferrer could be very interesting and competitive.