Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Murray loses to Ramos-Vinolas at Monte Carlo Masters

Earlier, Albert Ramos-Vinolas won the last four games to beat fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Murray, a three-time Monte Carlo semi-finalist, raced away with the first set, before Ramos-Vinolas found his feet to level the score, then neutralised a 4-0 Murray lead in the third set.

Murray made his first competitive appearance since returning from an elbow injury on Wednesday (19 April), seeing off Gilles Muller to book his place in the last 16. If that ball starts falling shorter and shorter, he's susceptible to any player who can step into the court and flatten it out, as Robin Soderling famously did back in the 2009 French Open, and as Edmund suggested today. "I need to decide now whether I go and try to get matches or whether I try to get myself in better shape physically, put as much work in as I can".

Ramos-Vinolas, of Spain, celebrated his first win over a world No. 1 in four chances.

The Spanish great broke five times as he won at a canter and will now face Diego Schwartzman, who reaches his first Masters quarter-final with a 6-3 6-0 demolition of Jan-Lennard Struff.

Murray also struggled in the ninth game, taken to deuce before finally holding and then unsuccessfully pressuring the Spaniard's serve in the next game.

The pressure was back on the second-ranked Djokovic to hold and force a tiebreak, but Goffin kept coming at him and Djokovic also had to cope with a time violation during that tense 12th game for taking too long to serve.

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World number one Andy Murray will play next week's Barcelona Open in a bid to build match fitness and clock up much-needed claycourt time ahead of next month's French Open.

Andy Murray, the world's No.1, defeated No. 32 Muller 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes, reports Efe.

"I would not start the tournament unless I felt comfortable doing that [going full tilt]", Murray said.

"He's a lefty as well so it's good I got some practice in".

"I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning".

"I'm disappointed to lose from the position that I was in. I normally beat guys by maneuvering them around the court rather than blasting them off the court", he said.

Later on Thursday (Friday NZT), No 2 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal will be in action.

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