Andy Murray crashes out in Madrid open

Marsha Scott
May 13, 2017

― Reuters picMADRID, May 12 ― World number one Andy Murray lost 6-3 6-3 to unseeded Borna Coric in the Madrid Open third round yesterday as his hard start to the claycourt season continued, while Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic eased into the quarter-finals.

Coric added the scalp to his recent bout of good form, having won his first ATP Tour title in Morocco last month.

However, Murray cut a frustrated figure as he was swept aside by the 20-year-old Croatian for the second time in the pair's four meetings.

However Albert Ramos Viñolas registered a victory over the world number one in the third round, while Murray lost to rising star Dominic Thiem in the semi-final of the Barcelona Open. Murray, who won the last five tournaments of the 2016 season in an incredible run to become World No 1, now stands at a middling 4-4 from his last eight matches.

Nishikori defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 to deny the Spaniard his 700th career win.

"There is no doubt he didn't play very good".

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal looking in excellent form at the moment, Murray needs to up his game and he needs to do it soon or else he might lose his no.1 ranking by the end of the year.

Croatian tennis player Borna Coric returns a ball to British player Andy Murray at the ATP Madrid Open in Madrid, on May 11, 2017.

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"Things can change fast but you need to find exactly what it is that is going wrong and how you're going to fix that and commit to it". Today I didn't really do any of that stuff.

The two time champion saved the only break point he conceded to Lopez, who was playing in the tournament for a record 16th time.

Coric broke the fragile Murray serve three times in the first set under the roof at the Manolo Santana centre court due to rain in the Spanish capital.

Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 U.S. Open semifinals, was playing in his first tournament since March.

In the women's draw, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania defeated 16th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The second-seeded Djokovic will play veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who got past Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3). He withdrew from Barcelona last month because of a right wrist injury.

"One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets", Djokovic said in his post-match interview.

"I played a lot better", said Nadal, who struggled in a three-set win over Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.

Halep faces Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in Friday s semi-finals after the world number 22 saw off Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3. Mladenovic will play eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation, who easily defeated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-0.

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