Top seed Sir Andy Murray beaten by 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6 6-2 7-5 in the third round of Monte-Carlo Masters
The Spaniard Vinolas climbed back from a 0-4 deficit in the deciding set on to pull off the biggest win of his career over the World No.1. In an equally fought match, featuring 13 service breaks, the world No.24 downed the Scot 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in 153 minutes.
Murray, who entered his first tournament after a month out with an elbow issue was denied his 100th clay-court win of his career.
Murray held a 2-0 lead after breaking Ramos-Vinolas in an 18-point second game. But it was followed by four straight service breaks. Murray came back to feet, giving Ramos-Vinolas some frustrating times with changes of pace in lengthy rallies. Consequently, the Spaniard gave up all four of his service games in the 49-minute set, holding serve in the 10th game of the match. It resulted in a stretch of five straight games for the 15th seed.
In the deciding set, Murray stormed to a 4-0 lead for the loss of three points, but Ramos-Vinolas responded and Murray, fumbled and caved in to serve at 4-4, 0/40. The world No.1 was struggling and seemed drained as made frequent eye contact with his coach, Jamie Delgado, who sitting courtside for inspiration. It looked Ramos-Vinolas’ knew the win is near as he smashed a forehand, powered by exceptional footwork which started to take its toll on Murray’s slagging defense and a service break to 30 handed Ramos-Vinolas a 6-5 lead. Vinolas missed a match point opportunity with a backhand down the line way to wide. However, Ramos-Vinolas sealed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final berth on his second chance when Murray chipped a backhand drop shot straight into the net.
Vinolas will face fifth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic next on Friday.
Cilic ousts No.9 seed and 2015 runner-up Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 7-6(0) in two hours, earlier in the day.