It was a shocking moment for world number one Andy Murray as he blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set to fall to a staggering defeat in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters by Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Murray, 29, was playing his first tournament since being beaten in the second round at the Indian Wells in March. The 2-6 6-2 7-5 defeat comes up after his second match on returning from an initially sustained month-long elbow injury. Two breaks had the Briton in command of the third set, but Spanish 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas hit back to win seven of the last eight games.
Murray admitted that his injury was still causing him some problems after he defeated Gilles Muller in straight sets on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 during the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray began his second-round match against Muller with three double faults in the first four points of the match, and his service game was again an issue against Ramos-Vinolas which eventually ended in a shocking defeat for the Scot who was broken seven times as 29-year-old Ramos-Vinolas claimed a first win against a world number one.
Murray showed trademark fight in fending off three break points at 4-4 in the decider, but could not respond when the Spaniard was in the ascendancy in his next service game.
Murray briefly threatened to break back with the score at 30-30 as Ramos-Vinolas served for the match, but he dragged a forehand wide and misjudged a drop shot into the net at match point.
Marin Cilic is the next opponent to be faced by Ramos-Vinolas in the last eight after he (Marin Cillic) successfully eased past Tomas Berdych.