Struggling Murray bounced from Madrid Open

Kristopher Drake
May 13, 2017

2016 runner-up Murray was stunned in straight sets by the 20-year-old Croatian player, who progressed to the main draw even after losing the qualifiers following Richard Gasquet's withdrawal from the tournament.

The Scot delivered too many errors against a highly concentrated opponent in going down to his sixth defeat of the season.

He expects to play in Rome next week before the French Open, where he lost to Djokovic in last year's final. Although defeats in the fourth round of the Australian Open and the second round of Indian Wells were definitely underwhelming, few expected Murray to begin this year as he finished the last: when he stormed to five successive titles to dethrone Novak Djokovic atop the ATP Tour rankings.

Andy Murray admits that he "was not focused enough" in his Madrid Open meeting with Borna Coric, having suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to the youngster.

Djokovic joins David Goffin in the quarter-finals after the Belgian beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2, along with Kei Nishikori, who saw off David Ferrer of Spain 6-4 6-3.

The 29-year-old recovered from an elbow injury and played his first match of the clay-court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

Murray has struggled for form and fitness since soaring to the top of the world rankings at the end of previous year.


Croatian tennis player Borna Coric returns a ball to British player Andy Murray at the ATP Madrid Open in Madrid, on May 11, 2017.

World number two Djokovic also reached the last eight with a 6-4 7-5 over Feliciano Lopez, while crowd favourite Nadal made light work of the lacklustre Nick Kyrgios, winning 6-3 6-1.

"Things change fast but you need to find exactly what it is that is going wrong and how you're going to fix that and commit to it".

He saved all six break opportunities he conceded to Nadal in the first set, but the fifth-ranked Spaniard took control of the tiebreaker under the closed roof on center court. "I started the match okay, but when I started to go behind, I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him", Murray told a news conference. "It's not always the worst thing losing a match, but it's sometimes the manner of how you lose the match".

"It feels great, I don't know how I did it but I played ideal during the game and I'm very happy about it", Coric said. The top-ranking Spaniard and four time victor in Madrid needed just an hour and 12 minutes before knocking out Australian 16 seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-1. But you need to have the correct ideas and understand why you are in the position you're in.

On the women's side, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania reached the semifinals by beating Coco Vandeweghe of the US 6-1, 6-1.

"Hopefully I can do that with my team, and play better in Rome and Roland Garros".

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