Murray & Wawrinka exit Monte-Carlo Masters, Nadal & Djokovic qualified for quarterfinals 

Clay court specialists ousted top seeded players

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas (in the photo) claimed an important career victory on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters by defeating World No. 1 Andy Murray 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

The Scot lacked concentraion and kept looking to his camp for solutions while the Spaniard clay expert, played flawlesly. He will be meeting 5th seeded Croatian Marin Cilic this Friday. The Croatian beat 9th seed Czech Tomas Berdych. Andy Murray said: “I’m disappointed. I feel like I had enough chances to win. I was close, I think. But yeah, I mean, maybe tomorrow or a day after I’ll be able to look back a little bit and think where I’m at now from where I was a week ago. My elbow felt pretty good. I served much better today than I did yesterday. That’s only going to get better. So hopefully I keep going in the right direction.”

Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, No. 16 seed, was next on court Rainier III at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters playing the match of his life ousting Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the third and 2014 champion, in two straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Cuevas will next face French No. 11 seed talented player Lucas Pouille for the first time, who advanced when leading 3-0 against countryman Adrian Mannarino, who had to retire due to a hip injury he experienced during his victory over 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.

Wawrinka was quoted saying: “For sure I’m disappointed because I wanted to play better and make a better result here. In the other way, I need to keep working out, use now the next two weeks to do my big preparation like I wanted to do, get ready for Madrid.”

Rafa rushed to quarters, Novak survived

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and NextGenATP Alexander Zverev followed suit. Zverev was celebrating his 20th birthday at the Monte-Carlo Masters, and entered the court with lots of brio, but his hopes were crashed by the Spaniard in two sets 6-1, 6-1 in only 69 minutes. The Spanish is on his way to claim his 10th crown, and will be facing Argentina Diego Schwartzman in the quarters. Rafa said: “I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning. I was playing much better with my forehand. I maintained that kind of level for all the match, I think. So that was the key.”

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic survived a three set thriller 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 against clay-court specialist, Pablo Carreno Busta, to make it to the quarterfinals. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters two-time champion will meet Belgian David Goffin on the quarterfinals, after he defeated young Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Program for Friday, April 21, 2017  

Today’s Quote

 “In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.” Andy Murray

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