Following a stint out of the game due to a bad case of tennis elbow, Andy Murray returned to the game in Monte Carlos this week. Things haven’t gone to plan for the world number one however as he finds himself, shockingly, out of the competition.
The third round of the Monte Carlos Masters looked as though it would end with Andy Murray on his way to the final stages of the competition, unfortunately the British star had to admit defeat against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The match between the pair ended 2-6 6-2 7-5 in favour of Ramos-Vinolas, who was seeded at number 15 in the competition.
Having started well, with a 4-0 lead, Murray couldn’t fight back a succession of breaks from his opponent that helped to map out the course of the match.
Following his defeat over Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic will now face Ramos-Vinolas in the Quarter-Final stages of the competition.
The Monte Carlos Masters was Murray’s first appearance in a competition since he was beaten last month in Indian Wells. After a period of time off as a result of an elbow injury, he made his return this week, and on Wednesday managed to beat Gilles Muller in straight sets. Despite his success at this stage he did begin the match with a less than perfect form having served three double faults. Following his victory he did report some continued discomfort in his elbow.
His serve was again an issue today as he was seven times by twenty nine year old Ramos-Vinolas. It was the Spanish players first ever victory over Murray.
The question now to be asked is has the world number one returned to the courts too soon? And will this premature appearance hinder any progress as the season continues? Undoubtedly it is a question on Andy Murrays mind as he seems that he may be losing grip on his world number one status!
Author Lisa Baldwin
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