Albert defeats Cilic, advances to Monte-Carlo semis

Andy Murray slipped early on the clay once again in Monte Carlo, losing in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas yesterday after blowing 4-0 lead in the third.

The world No 1 suffered a shock third-round defeat in Monte Carlo to Albert Ramos-Viñolas on Thursday, and had been scheduled to play in just Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open. "I lost my momentum a bit".

It adds to this early season of frustration for the Scot, who has an uninspiring win-loss record of 4-3 across the one grand-slam and two Masters tournaments that he has played this year.

Djokovic last played on the ATP Tour more than a month ago - although he did emerge to lead a Serbian Davis Cup win this month - and sat out the Miami Open last month with an elbow injury. But Ramos was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match.

On a day of upsets, third seed and 2015 French Open victor Stanislas Wawrinka also lost in the last 16 as he was beaten by Pablo Cuevas. "Being four love up in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career". "It's a completely different match-up and I'll need to be ready for a big fight because he doesn't give anything for free". Cuevas hit a sweet forehand victor down the line on the next point and raised his arms in the air after beating Wawrinka in their first-ever meeting.

But the 29-year-old Spaniard hit back to win the the second set by the same score.

"Australia was five sets".

Nadal's next match could be tough, too. Nadal reiterated his belief that Zverev has the potential to become No. 1.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille, the 11th seed, progressed to the quarters after compatriot Adrian Mannarino retired when 3-0 down in the first set.

Djokovic, the champion here in 2013 and 2015, hugged him at the net.

Djokovic is well placed to emerge successful in today's clash against Goffin as he has a 5-0 head-to-head advantage over the Belgian.

After finally breaking for 4-2 in the decider with a forehand victor down the line, he was broken straight back.

In the end, resilience got him through.

Fifth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the quarter finals with a straight sets victory over the Czech Tomas Berdych.



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