Published: Sat, April 29, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

World number one Murray suffers shock exit from Monte Carlo Masters


"I m disappointed to lose from the position that I was in", said 29-year-old Murray, who was making his first ATP appearance this week since a second-round loss to Vasek Pospisil at Indian Wells on March 12.

The upbeat Murray continued his subtle humor when jokingly comparing the picturesque views at the Monte Carlo country club, where the center court is perched over the glittering Mediterranean sea, with his native Scotland.

When it comes to playing in the red clay surface, one name immediately springs to mind, and that is Rafael Nadal.

Luxembourg's Muller, who was previously guided by Murray's assistant coach Jamie Delgado, is a serve-volleyer and not a typical clay-court opponent.

The 31-year old Uruguayan saw off the 2014 champion 6-4 6-4.

After Ramos-Vinolas stormed through the second set, Murray built a 4-0 advantage in the third set, dropping just three points in doing so.

And two games later Murray completed the turnaround by winning the set when Muller missed a simple volley, smashing his racket in frustration.

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Djokovic saved the first match point with an ace; the second one on his second serve; the third with a stinging forehand victor and a fourth when Goffin chopped a backhand into the net. He next plays 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

"A few times today, I made some bad decisions", Murray said afterwards.

"I created more chances in the second set, but I couldn't quite get the breakthrough until right at the end".

"Before the match, I thought it was going to be a big test for me, a very hard match", admitted Nadal. It was a combination of one player's level going down and the other going up, but it was most un-Murraylike in its extent.

He edges Kyle Edmund in three sets, winning 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.

Nadal had never lost more than four games in a set in his opening match at the tournament but, after breezing through the opener, was blown off course by the power of Edmund's forehand.

Nadal, who was taken to five sets by Zverev at the Australian Open earlier this year, will now face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the next round.

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