Murray, Wawrinka Fall in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray has elected to enter next week's Barcelona Open in an attempt to get much-needed match time on clay ahead of the French Open.

After two one-sided sets, the two players then took turns to dominate in the decider, Murray racing into a 4-0 lead only for his opponent to defiantly respond in kind by winning four games in a row.

The Spaniard, taking part in his fifth clay court tournament this year, will now face the victor of the match between Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas and Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Defending champion Nadal, chasing a 10th title at the tournament, will face either Argentina's Diego Schwartzman or German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the semifinals.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka said he felt a bit leg-weary, which left him vulnerable against a clay-court specialist.

"I went on court knowing it's going to be one of these kind of matches that if you don't play well, you are probably going to go out".

The Spaniard faced a tricky tie with 14th seed Zverev, who was celebrating his 20th birthday on Thursday. "Being 4-0 up in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career", Murray told a news conference.

Murray has endured a few humiliating defeats in the Monaco principality and at 5-3 down in the opening set, another appeared to be on the cards.

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

"I m disappointed. I feel like I had enough chances to win".

Murray was in big trouble at 0-40 in game nine, but ultimately held his nerve - and serve - to break his losing streak.

But Djokovic was able to draw on all his guile and experience to get back on top and close out the match, setting up a testing quarter-final clash with David Goffin.

Novak Djokovic's road to recovery continued with victory against Pablo Carreno Busta as he secured his passage through to the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

With Cuevas on serve again at 5-6, Pouille clinched victory on his second match point when the former hit another backhand long.

Dominic Thiem defeated Robin Haase 6-3 6-2, Marin Cilic thumped Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-0 and Alexander Zverev, who next plays Nadal, saw off Feliciano Lopez 6-0 6-4.

  • Julie Sanders