Ranked Murray loses to Coric in 3rd round of Madrid Open

However, Djokovic salvaged the game and then immediately broke the Spaniard's serve to set up a meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori, who swept aside another home favourite David Ferrer 6-4 6-3.

Murray, who had already suffered below-par defeats to Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Dominic Thiem at Monte-Carlo and Barcelona respectively, put in an error-strewn display as he went down 3-6 3-6 in a surprise straight sets loss.

Defending champion Djokovic had fewer problems against the 35-year-old Spaniard than in his three-set second-round test with Nicolas Almagro on Wednesday, taking the first set 6-4 before breaking in the 12th game of the second to avoid a tie-break.

"If you're playing against a Spanish player in Madrid, it's obviously a different game, it's a different feeling", said Djokovic.

Murray had his chances once more with two more break points early in the second.

He has won only one tournament this season and hasn't made it past the semifinals in the 3 clay-court tournaments he has played so far.

"I didn't help myself find a way into the match to start playing better", said Murray. "I have noticed it from the beginning".

"Even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive", Nadal said.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion had a slice of fortune as a let cord and a Kyrgios double fault handed him the two breaks he needed to take the first set. He withdrew from Barcelona last month because of a right wrist injury.

The 2016 finalist beat wildcard entrant Marius Copil on Tuesday in his first outing in the Spanish capital, but he again failed to reach anything near his top form as fell 6-3 6-3 to Coric this afternoon.

On the women's side, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania reached the semifinals by beating Coco Vandeweghe of the USA 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour.

Kristina Mladenovic of France advanced to the final four by overcoming seven double faults to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 6-4.

The tournament's eighth seed defeated Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-0 in today's final match. Mladenovic will play eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation, who easily defeated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-0.

  • Angelo Rivera