Murray, Nadal made to work in Monte Carlo

World No. 1 Andy Murray crashed out of the 2017 Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as Albert Ramos-Vinolas took him down 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the last 16 in just over two-and-a-half hours.

Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev Monte Carlo Masters match is tentatively scheduled for 3 pm local time (6.30 pm IST, 1 pm GMT and 9 am ET). I played much better than yesterday [against Kyle Edmund].

Sir Andy held a 4-0 lead in the deciding set, but Ramos-Vinolas won seven of the last eight games to advance through to the quarter-finals. "For sure, I'm disappointed because I wanted to play better and make a better result here".

Djokovic, who has won only one tournament so far this season - the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at the start of January - twice recovered in the third set from breaks down.

He then had to save a set point before reeling off four games in a row and, despite continuing to play some way below his best, battled through the second set to win 7-5, 7-5.

The right elbow injury prompted Murray to withdraw from last month's Miami Open and he also missed Britain's recent quarterfinal loss to France in the Davis Cup.

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. "They were saying, You have to remember on clay, the matches, they can be a bit more up and down than on the other surfaces because you're not getting as many free points on serve, you know, to be ready for that".

The 2014 champion opened up a 3-0 lead and, despite losing his serve in the fifth game, he went on to clinch the opening set. "Before the match, I thought it was going to be a big test for me".

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost only four first service points as he beat Robin Haase 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Belgian 10th seed David Goffin.

There were a couple of upsets as German Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out eighth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 7-6 (3).

  • Julie Sanders