Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas knocks out Murray from Monte-Carlo Masters

Andy Murray is out of the Monte-Carlo Masters after a three-set defeat to Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round.

Murray needed seven minutes to hold on to the opener before he was broken on his next two service games in the first set, as the elbow injury that saw him miss over a month of action looked to be having an impact. "I haven't lost many matches like that in my career".

The Spaniard won four games in a row before Murray, his serve misfiring, applied some late pressure.

On the other hand, Ramos-Vinolas heads into the match on the back of a straight sets win over Carlos Berlocq in his R32 match yesterday. He set up a match point with an excellent backhand cross-court victor as he retrieved a shot deep into the court, and clinched victory on his first opportunity when Muller hit a forehand wide.

Nadal had to save a break point at 1-2 and, after the Spaniard moved ahead, Edmund played his most spectacular game of the match to make it 3-3.

After the two players forced into a decisive third set, Murray built a comfortable 4-0 lead, while that was erased by the Spanish player to level at 4-4 with two conscutive breaks.

But the Brit seemed to find something different in the second set, and started to make life very hard for his much vaunted opponent.

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The next match could be tough, too.

Nadal will not be able to get his revenge on Federer here, since the 18-time Grand Slam champion is skipping the tournament.

"When you're coming back from not really serving for a few weeks, it's I think pretty normal to show some rust", he said. "I've come here many years and I do enjoy it", Murray added. He next plays 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

The Scot has improved his fortunes on clay over the last two years, when previously it had been his weakest surface.

"It was probably a little bit (of a) surprise for him that I started with that high intensity, playing that well", said Nadal, who reiterated his belief that Zverev has the potential to become a future No. 1.

Ramos will now play fifth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-6, on Friday.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray made a winning start in the last 16 of the men's doubles, joining forces with Bruno Soares to beat Tommy Haas and Treat Huey 6-3 6-2.

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