Ramos sends Andy Murray packing in Monte Carlo


Ramos sends Andy Murray packing in Monte Carlo

Ramos sends Andy Murray packing in Monte Carlo

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Catalan Albert Ramos completes a three-set comeback against world number one Murray, to seal a place in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final.

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 took opening set

Murray, who suffered an elbow injury in March and made his return from a five-week 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.

Ramos sends Andy Murray packing in Monte Carlo

Scot's serve suffers

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.

The defeat will come as a particular disappointment for Murray, who had his eyes on silverware in Monte Carlo.

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