Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic stayed on course to enter the business end of the clay-court season opener Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.
By Jawad Hussain
MONACO, April 20 (SNN 24/7) – World number one Andy Murray of the Great Britain, third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, and ninth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic made shock third round exit from the Monte Carlo Masters 2017 at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Monaco on Thursday.
Andy Murray spills 4-0 lead
In the round-of-16 match of the Monte Carlo Masters, Andy Murray spilled a 4-0 advantage in the penultimate set. Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain came from behind to stun the world number one by 2-6 6-2 7-5. He looked all set to lose the battle when Murray led the final set by 4-0. However, Vinolas staged the most remarkable comeback of his ATP career to make possible the impossible.
Rafael Nadal renews clay claim
The King of Clay Rafael Nadal of Spain faced no such stiff competition as he brushed aside Alexander Zverev of Germany in straight sets by 6-1 6-1 in just 68 minutes. The victory booked him a place in the last-eight round where he will face Diego Schwartzman of Argentine. The Spanish tennis maestro is eying his 50th clay title in Monte Carlo. The Argentinean youngster got the better of Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in straight sets by 6-3 6-0 in the last-16 round.
David Goffin meets Murray-beater
David Goffin of Belgium outplayed Domini Thiem of Austria in a three-set thriller by 7-6 4-6 6-3 to set the date against Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the world number two outplayed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain by 6-2 4-6 6-4 in the final last-16 encounter.
Not so impressive Stanislas Wawrinka
Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay got under the skin of Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland to win the last-16 round match by 6-4 6-4. He next faces Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinal after the Frenchman recorded a walkover against his compatriot Adrian Mannarino who discontinued the match due to an injury with the score-line at 3-0.
Marin Cilic of Croatia downed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic by 6-2 7-6 in the third round to set up a last-eight clash against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.
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