World number one Murray returns from injury with Monte Carlo win
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 0:16
Andy Murray has dismissed suggestions that the pressure of being the world's top tennis player is affecting his performance after losing to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Round of 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters.
He was broken at 4-4 in the final set, but then reeled off three straight games to snatch victory in the second-round encounter.
Bopanna and Cuevas overcame a strong challenge to win the first round clash 6-3, 6-7, 10-2 in one hour and 27 minutes at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
Seeded first and fourth respectively, Murray and Nadal enjoyed first-round byes in Monte Carlo, entering the draw in round two on Wednesday. "It's not going to be easy, the first tournament back after a while, but I've been feeling good and hopefully I can do it".
Second seed Novak Djokovic, whose place in the third round was already secure, lost out in doubles action alongside Viktor Troicki, 6-3 6-4 to Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Former champion Stan Wawrinka, who won here in 2014, broke Czech player Jiri Vesely's serve five times in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win, while ninth-seeded Tomas Berdych, the runner-up in 2015, rallied to beat 39-year-old German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. "I should have been able to do enough to sort of weather that storm a little bit and finish the match off".
Victory for Vinolas-Ramos marked the first time the 29-year-old from Barcelona, who reached last year s French Open quarter-finals, had got the better of a world number one.
"I only started serving properly four, five days ago, so I knew it was going to take time but I didn't expect to start the match serving like that".
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal was given a real scare by Britain's Kyle Edmund before coming through 6-0 5-7 6-3.
Ramos-Vinolas then edged ahead, with Murray saving a match point in the final game but the reigning Olympic champion missed on a drop shot to hand a shock win to his opponent.
Ramos-Vinolas will face No. 5 seed Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.
"I was really happy with how my elbow felt this week". I've practised with him quite a bit, he obviously likes the clay.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she has been making "good progress" in her recovery after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder previous year and hopes to be able to compete at the French Open next month.