ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Andy Murray’s poor form continues

The World number 1, Andy Murray got knocked out, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, by the number 15 seed, Albert Ramos Vinolas. Murray started off well in the first set, and broke his opponent’s first serve, broke his serve thrice again. In the second set, Murray lost his service game twice, which helped Vinolas up his game. In the decider, Murray was leading 4-0, when Vinolas made a comeback, and broke the Brit’s serve twice, to level it up at 4-4. Further, as the service games were held, one game each was added. But in the next game, while Murray was serving at 5-5, he again got broken, which gave a golden opportunity to Vinolas, which he had been looking for. Winning his last game of the set and of the match, he defeated a world number 1 for the first time in his career.

Later, another upset followed, as Stan Wawrinka, lost to Pablo Cuevas in straight sets. Wawrinka got broken on his second service game, which proved enough to be an advantage for Cuevas, and he sealed the set, 6-4. In the second set, the Swiss man could hardly hit a winner, and was broken on his first service game. With a melange of unforced errors, he lost the set, and the match to the seed number 16 from Uruguay. It was the first top-4 victory of his career.

Tomas Berdych, who knocked out Tommy Haas yesterday, lost to the 1-time Grand Slam champion, Marin Cilic, with a surprising score line. Berdych seemed lost in the first set, he lost his serve twice. Playing 3 deuces in the 5th and 4 deuces in the 7th game of the set, it seemed that Berdych was then able to concentrate well in the match. He lost the first set, 6-2, but tried to make a comeback in the second. Both the players broke each other’s service once after 4-4, and the set was stretched to a tie-break, which was won by the Croat, 7-6(7-0).

The match which has an unseeded player, was Lucas Pouille vs Adrian Mannarino. Past 11 minutes of the match, Mannarino had to retire from the match while he was trailing 3-0 in the first set, due to an injury. The other match having unseeded players was between Diego Schwartzman and Jan-Lennard Struff, who had knocked out Roberto Bautista Agut and Grigor Dimitrov in their previous matches respectively. The Argentine defeated the young player, 6-3, 6-0, with such an ease. Struff got broken twice in the first set, when Schwartzman took an advantage of it.

The seed number 10, David Goffin, knocked out the nextGen player, Dominic Thiem in 3 sets. The first set went powerful from both the sides of the net, while Goffin won it in a tie-break, 7-6(4). In the second, the Belgian got broken once. In the decider, he easily took the set, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal, the king of the clay, played probably the easiest match of the year to date, against the birthday boy, Alexander Zverev, who turned 20 yesterday. As a gift, Nadal served him breadsticks in both the sets, rather them bageling him in both. In the first, he hardly fought, and got broken easily. In the second, he played 4 deuces in the 3rd game, and took Rafa to match point number 3, as he played 3 deuces in the final game.

A third upset could have taken place, as Novak Djokovic grinded through the decider set against the number 13 seed, Pablo Carreno Busta. In the first set, he played bleak, and Djokovic became a power house, with abundance of cross court forehands. In the second, Busta geared up, and held his serve well, broke the Serb’s serve thrice and went on to take the set, 6-4. The decider set had all the service games being held by both the players in a brave power packed match, while none of them was ready to give up on a single shot. Busta lost his serve when he was serving to stay in the match, which gave Djokovic the last resort to prevent an upset.

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