Tennis-Top seed Nishikori suffers shock first-round loss in Rio
Feb 21 Top seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Rio de Janeiro Open on Tuesday after suffering a 6-4 6-3 first-round loss to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.
PARIS, June 4 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)
Feb 21 (Gracenote) - Results from the Rio de Janeiro Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday 4-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Joao Souza (Brazil) 6-3 6-2 Federico Delbonis (Argentina) beat 7-Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 4-6 6-1 6-4 Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) beat Gastao Elias (Portugal) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 5-Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Stephane Robert (France) 6-2 6-0 Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-2 6-4 Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat 1-Kei
Feb 21 (Gracenote) - Results from the Marseille Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday Nicolas Mahut (France) beat 5-Alexander Zverev (Germany) 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 6-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 Julien Benneteau (France) beat Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 7-5 6-4 Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-4 Aljaz Bedene (Britain) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 3-6 6-1 6-4 Norbert Gombos (Slovakia) beat