Dream quarterfinals

Updated: April 24, 2008, 5:00 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

There are lots of reasons to love Rafael Nadal, but the undisputed king of them all is his pure competitive drive. That feature is currently on display in Monte Carlo, where Nadal is about to face a clay-court litmus test in the form of his Spanish countryman and current No. 5, David Ferrer. Judging by his performance Thursday, Nadal's reply will be something on the order of "Test this, caballero!"

Nadal gave up just five games to Juan Carlos Ferrero, a resurgent player and former ...

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