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Murray, Wawrinka bite the dust in Monte Carlo Masters

Spaniard Albert Ramos dumped world number one Andy Murray out of the Monte Carlo Masters 2-6 6-2 7-5 on Thursday after firing back from 4-0 down in the final set to take his place in the quarter-finals.

Murray, Wawrinka bite the dust in Monte Carlo Masters
Andy Murray (left) was ousted by Albert Ramos in the third round


Murray, who suffered an elbow injury in March and made his return from a fiveweek layoff on Wednesday after a first-round bye, won the opening set in 48 minutes before losing concentration. 

Left-hander Ramos, ranked 24th in the world and the 15th seed, ripped through the second set in 36 minutes and refused to give up after the Scot had romped to a 4-0 advantage in the third with victory beckoning. 

The Spaniard won four games in a row before Murray, his serve misfiring, applied some late pressure. But Ramos was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match. 

Murray saved one match point before hitting a return into the net to hand Ramos an impressive victory over his top-ranked opponent in the first European claycourt tournament of the season. 

Later, Stan Wawrinka crashed out in a day of shocks. Wawrinka lost to Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-4 and the Uruguyan will now take on Frenchman Lucas Pouille for a place in the semi-finals, after a win in the third round at the first clay court Masters 1000 event of the year.

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