Mur­ray blows lead in 3rd set to lose at Monte Carlo

Rome News-Tribune - - BASEBALL - By Jerome Pug­mire Associated Press Sports Writer

MONACO — Andy Mur­ray blew a 4-0 lead in the de­cid­ing set and lost to Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thurs­day.

Former French Open and Monte Carlo cham­pion Stan Wawrinka fol­lowed Mur­ray out af­ter los­ing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.

Mean­while, de­fend­ing cham­pion Rafael Nadal beat Alexan­der Zverev, spoil­ing the Ger­man’s 20th birthday, 6-1, 6-1, and two-time cham­pion No­vak Djokovic over­came a Mur­ray-like wob­ble be­fore get­ting past Pablo Car­reno Busta 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Djokovic dropped five straight games from 2-0 up in the sec­ond set and had to dig deep against the gritty Spa­niard, whose speed across the court saw him re­trieve count­less shots.

Djokovic trailed 15-40 serv­ing in the ninth game of the de­cider but held his nerve. The Serb sealed vic­tory with a cross-court vol­ley at the net.

“I could have eas­ily lost this match. I can­not al­low my­self many more (matches like this) if I want to go far in this tour­na­ment,” Djokovic said.

Mur­ray, re­turn­ing from a right el­bow in­jury which side­lined him dur­ing the Mi­ami Open and Davis Cup quar­ter­fi­nals, strug­gled on his serve in a scrappy match last­ing more than 2½ hours. The match fea­tured 13 ser­vice breaks, in­clud­ing seven against Mur­ray.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to lose from the po­si­tion that I was in,” said Mur­ray, last year’s French Open run­ner-up to Djokovic. “I haven’t lost many matches like that in my ca­reer.”

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