Andy Murray hints at possible break before Madrid Open

Andy Murray's Monte Carlo Masters campaign has been brought to an abrupt end after defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Leading 4-0, the Briton looked in slight of clinching victory but would go onto lose seven of the last eight games to hand control to the Spaniard.

After Ramos-Vinolas stormed through the second set, Murray built a 4-0 advantage in the third set, dropping just three points in doing so.

The Spanish claycourt specialist won four games in a row, before Murray applied some late pressure, and was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match.

Djokovic saved the first match point with an ace; the second one on his second serve; the third with a stinging forehand victor and a fourth when Goffin chopped a backhand into the net.

Earlier yesterday, Austrian Dominic Thiem, seeded sixth, advanced over Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2, while Czech ninth seed Tomas Berdych defeated Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Edmund kept his nose in front and then pounced when Nadal served to stay in the set for a second time.

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Second seed Novak Djokovic takes on 10th seed David Goffin in the Men's singles quater-final of 2017 Monte Carlo Masters on Friday. I knew it would take a bit of time but I wasn't expecting to start serving like that.

After an exchange of breaks at the start of the second Murray missed several openings as he struggled to find any consistency.

Still, Nadal avoided a season-spoiling upset by sealing up the third set to win 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.

It was more a case of Murray being unable to play his natural game. "I've spent a lot of time with my family, which I've enjoyed. and which hopefully they have as well".

Struff posted a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, while Schwartzman upended 12th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 7-6 (3). At times, Murray, one of the sport's speediest players and best hustlers, did not run for a few shots suggesting he wasn't completely physically fit. He faces 14th-seeded Alexander Zverev, the 19-year-old German who pushed him to five sets in the third round at this year's Australian Open.

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