Tennis great Sir Andy Murray crashed out of the Monte-Carlo Masters in his third round clash with Albert Ramos-Vinolas, despite leading 4-0 in the final set on Thursday.
The world No. 1 battled past Gilles Muller in the second round to win his first match since his return from an elbow injury that ruled him out of both the Miami Open and Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final.
Murray went on to lose 2-6 6-2 7-5 in only his second match back after a month out with injury.
Two breaks had the Briton in command of the third set, but the 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas hit back with successive breaks to set up a famous victory.
But he fell to the left-handed Spaniard, who beat the top-ranked player on the planet for the first time in his career.
Murray, 29, was playing his first tournament since being beaten in the second round at Indian Wells in March.
He beat Gilles Muller in straight sets on Wednesday, but admitted afterwards his elbow injury was still causing him some problems.
World No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, also surprisingly crashed out of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday.
The 2014 champion, was taken out by Pablo Cuevas – a clay court specialist.
With Murray and Wawrinka now out, one of Marin Cilic, Ramos-Vinolas, Cuevas and Pouille will reach the final – none of whom were at all fancied heading into the event.
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