Monaco - Roger Federer will return to second
in the ATP standings next week after Andy Murray collapsed to a 6-1,
6-2 third-round loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Masters on
A shell-shocked Murray committed 24 unforced errors as he lost to Federer's Swiss compatriot, seeded 13th, in 58 minutes.
Murray, a quarter-finalist here a year ago, went nil for two on break
points and lost his own serve five times in the rout which sends him
back to the practise court for the next fortnight in hopes of repairing
his game for the Madrid Masters in early May.
"I made a lot of
mistakes, 24 unforced errors is far too many. That's a set's worth.
That's where half the points went," said Murray who had regained the
number two world ranking on the strength of his win in the miami
"I've played some good tournaments here. But, yeah, it does take me time to feel comfortable on the surface.
"I need matches against top players to see what's going wrong and what's going right, things I need to work on to get better.
towards the end of the clay court season, I start to feel better with
my game and I've had some good results, but at the start I have
struggled a little bit."
Rafael Nadal stepped up his campaign for
an historic ninth straight title at the event as the third seed won his
44th match in a row at the venue with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of German Philip
The Spanish great lifted his record at the seaside
Country Club to 46-1 at a tournament where he suffered his lone defeat
in 2003 against Guillermo Coria.
Nadal will next line up in the
quarter-finals on Friday against Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Germany's
Florian Mayer with an identical 6-2, 6-4 scoreline.
in 80 minutes and earned revenge for his only loss to Kohlschreiber
from 10 meetings, a grass quarter-final defeat from last summer in
This win was his 16th in a row after successive titles this season in Indian Wells and Acapulco.
"It was a great win for me," said Nadal, who follows the same script for every victory. "I'm very happy.
match is a new one for me, every day is completely different. We will
see what goes on tomorrow. But I just love playing here and feel a great
emotion every time I step onto the court here."
Italian Fabio Fognini sprung a surprise on fourth seed Tomas Berdych,
dismissing the Czech 6-4, 6-2. French sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
thrilled his home fans as he overwhelmed Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3,
"It's difficult to assess my game because he was not really
playing his best," Tsonga said of the below-par Melzer. "But I'm happy I
was able to do the job.
"When you play tennis, you always try for
perfection. Of course, sometimes you can't reach that. I'm happy with
my game today. Of course, there are always some things you can improve."
The world number one Serb was testing his injured right ankle for a second straight day as he played Argentine Juan Monaco.Results from the fifth day of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x13) bt Andy Murray (GBR x2) 6-1, 6-2
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x4) 6-4, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-2, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x16) 6-2, 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x6) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-3, 6-0