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Murray falls in Monte Carlo; Nadal, Djokovic advance

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By Agence France-Presse

Andy Murray surrendered a 4-0 lead in the decisive third set on his way to defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as the world number one’s 2017 season hit another setback.

Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after being defeatead by Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the end of their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tennis tournament on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / Yann COATSALIOU/ Manila Bulletin

Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after being defeatead by Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the end of their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tennis tournament on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / Yann COATSALIOU/ Manila Bulletin

Murray suffered a shock third-round loss to Spain’s 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in more than two and a half hours.

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was also routed, with the Swiss third seed losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal gatecrashed Alexander Zverev’s 20th birthday party with a brutal 6-1, 6-1 demolition while Novak Djokovic battled past Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Ramos-Vinolas toppled Scottish top seed Murray on his second match point to progress to the quarter-finals on the Monaco clay for the first time at the French Open warm-up event.

”I’m disappointed to lose from the position that I was in,” said 29-year-old Murray, who was making his first ATP appearance this week since a second-round loss to Vasek Pospisil at Indian Wells on March 12.

”If you look at the scoreline, it was 7-5 in the third. One week ago I would have been okay with that. But sitting here, being 4-Love up in the third, I haven’t lost many matches like that in my career.

”I’m disappointed. I feel like I had enough chances to win. I was close, I think. Maybe tomorrow or a day after I’ll be able to look back a little bit and think where I’m at now from where I was a week ago.

”My elbow felt pretty good. I served much better today than I did yesterday. That’s only going to get better. So hopefully I keep going in the right direction.”

Defending champion Nadal, chasing a 10th title at the tournament, will face Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who beat German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-0.

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