Tsonga loses opening match in Monte Carlo, Djokovic wins


Tsonga loses opening match in Monte Carlo, Djokovic wins

Andy Murray threw away a 4-0 lead in the deciding set of his third-round match against 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas to crash out of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Andy Murray made a winning return to the ATP Tour after a month out with an elbow injury, beating Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters. The victor will go on to meet either No5 seed Marin Cilic, a convincing victor over Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-0, or Berdych, who denied Haas one more win in a tight three-setter, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The Spaniard won four games in a row before Murray, his serve misfiring, applied some late pressure. After breaking Murray's serve again, Ramos-Vinolas served out the match on his second match point.

Wawrinka never found his touch or range and conceded match point when his backhand pass - normally one of the best shots in men's tennis - clipped the net and went out.

He kept his head in the Monaco sunshine even after Murray, who ended up being broken seven times in a match with 13 service breaks, had romped to a 4-0 advantage with the loss of just three points.

"Missing Miami was a shame because it's one of my favorite ones, but I needed it", Murray said.

But then Edmund unleashed the same hidden, hard-to-read forehand that gave Novak Djokovic fits back at Indian Wells, and slugged himself right back in the match, claiming the second set 7-5.

There was also an early exit for 12th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut as Argentina's Diego Schwartzman progressed with a 6-3 7-6 (7/3) victory.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Wawrinka won Monte Carlo three years ago over compatriot and friend Roger Federer. The Briton breezed through to the round of 16 in which he will play against Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Czech ninth seed Tomas Berdych put an end to the run of 39-year-old Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. "Finally, I got out of that tricky situation, which was probably the most positive thing I take from today", he added.

Seeded first and fourth respectively, Murray and Nadal enjoyed first-round byes in Monte Carlo, entering the draw in round two on Wednesday. Federer is playing very little - if at all - on clay before he begins his bid for another Wimbledon title on his favored grass surface this summer. I've practiced with him quite a bit, he obviously likes the clay.