Disappointed to lose like this: Andy Murray

Apr 21, 2017, 08:12 IST | AFP

World No. 1 Andy Murray upset after third-round defeat to Spain's Ramos-Vinolas despite leading in final set

Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after losing 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round of the Monte Carlo masters in Monaco yesterday. Pic/AFP Britain's Andy Murray reacts after losing 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round of the Monte Carlo masters in Monaco yesterday. Pic/AFP 

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

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Pic/AFP

Ramos-Vinolas toppled Scottish top seed Murray on his second match point to progress to the quarterfinals 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. I mean, if you sort of 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," said Murray.

'Had my chances'
"I feel like I had enough chances to win. I was close, I think. At 5-4, I had a chance in that game, as well. 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."

Murray, a three-time Monte Carlo semi-finalist, raced away with the first set, before Ramos-Vinolas found his feet to level the score, then neutralised a 4-0 Murray lead in the third set.

Tense final game
Ramos-Vinolas then edged ahead, with Murray saving a match point in the final game but Britain's reigning

Wimbledon and Olympic champion missed on a drop shot to hand a shock win to his opponent.

Murray had returned from a month out with an elbow injury to launch his clay court season with a grueling 7-5, 7-5 defeat of Gilles Muller in Wednesday's second round tie. The 29-year-old was making his first ATP appearance since a second-round loss to Vasek Pospisil at Indian Wells on March 12. His quest for a first Monte Carlo title goes on, one of only two Masters 1000 events he has never won.

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