Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters - Day 6

Djokovic dropped five straight games from 2-0 up in the second set and had to dig deep against the gritty Spaniard, whose speed across the court saw him retrieve countless shots.

Murray is a three-time semi-finalist in Monte Carlo but he was keen to urge caution regarding his chances this year, with his serve yet to really find its mark.

Andy Murray's serving woes continued as he crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters following a 2-6 6-2 7-5 defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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.

"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.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Wawrinka never found his touch or range and conceded match point when his backhand pass - normally one of the best shots in men's tennis - clipped the net and went out.

He followed that up by winning the Madrid Open later that year, beating Spaniard Rafa Nadal, arguably the best clay court player of his generation.

Rallies were well-contested from the start, and after holding from deuce in the opening game of the match, Murray went 2-0 up when he took his fifth break point with a backhand victor.

Murray endured another lengthy opening service game at the beginning of the second set to nudge 1-0 up before Ramos-Vinolas held for the first time in the match to level the scores and kickstart his revival.

Ramos-Vinolas won on his first match point when Cilic double-faulted.

Murray said: "It was a tough first match, I started the match pretty slow, I obviously wasn't serving that well at the start".

"My elbow feels good", Murray reported.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray hasn't shined in the last two events he has played, having lost in the second-round of the Indian Wells previously.

Later, defending champion Rafael Nadal was facing Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Earlier, Albert Ramos-Vinolas won the last four games to beat fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2. Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also entered the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

  • Julie Sanders


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