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World number one Murray suffers shock exit from Monte Carlo Masters

Montrelle Montesinos | 24 Abril, 2017, 19:05

Murray looked bound for the last eight when he won the first four games of the deciding set, but the three-time grand slam champion was left stunned by a defiant Ramos-Vinolas.

Rafael Nadal completely outclassed birthday boy Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1 to storm into the Monte-Carlo Masters quarterfinals.

World number 11 Grigor Dimitrov, the eighth seed, suffered an unexpected 4-6 6-3 6-2 defeat at the hands of German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff.

Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in the last eight in Monte Carlo after the 30-year-old nine-time French Open victor demolished highly-rated German Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-1.

"I have only been really serving at my normal pace the last couple of days as I was trying to build it up slowly to time it right for the beginning of the tournament and the elbow has been feeling better every day, so I am positive about that. But sitting here, being 4-0 up in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career".

Monte Carlo was Murray's first tournament since recovering from an elbow injury and with the French Open fast approaching, more competitive action on the clay would have undoubtedly been invaluable.

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.

Ramos-Vinolas faces fifth-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. 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 was fighting. I was 0-4 and I thought that I need to keep playing every point".

"It's great to overcome the big challenge presented to me, with this kind of win, even though I haven't played the way I wanted", a relieved Djokovic said. "It was just in a very awkward moment to give me a warning", Djokovic said.

Murray was kept on the back foot in the opening set as he lost the first game and only caught up late.

World number two Djokovic, a two-time victor of the clay-court tournament, fell away in the second set and saved two break points at 4-4 in the decider, but got the job done on Court Rainier III to set up a meeting with David Goffin.