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Pouille, Ramos-Vinolas to Clash in Monte-Carlo Semis

21 April 2017, 08:21 | Andy Ferguson

Tennis- Monte Carlo Masters- Monaco 22/04/2017. Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating David Goffin of Belgium. REUTERS Eric

Tennis- Monte Carlo Masters- Monaco 22/04/2017. Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating David Goffin of Belgium.  REUTERS  Eric

Leading by a set and 5-3 in the tiebreak of the second, Ramos-Vinolas alomst slipped away the victory as his opponent turned the table in the second set at 7-6 (5), before building a 2-0 lead in the decider.

The 29-year-old world number one had been absent from tennis for over a month after suffering the problem at Indian Wells on March 12, but he made a successful return when defeating Gilles Muller in the previous round.

"If I'd been offered this result a week, 10 days ago, I would've taken it", Murray told Sky Sports. "This year has been stop-start for me, for a few different reasons", Murray said. "So hopefully I keep going in the right direction".

Murray said that he was doubtful about his participation in the upcoming Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open as he considers focusing on his fitness. Maybe tomorrow or a day after I'll be able to look back a little bit and think where I'm at now from where I was a week ago.

"Murray added: "I felt like - even though I didn't hold serve that much today - that I served better than I did in my last match".

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Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was also routed, with the Swiss third seed losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the other half of the draw in Monaco.

In WTA action, Taiwan's Chan Chin-wei was beaten yesterday in the semi-finals of the doubles at the Zhengzhou Open in China with partner Monique Adamczak of Australia.

They lost to Jacqueline Cako of the USA and Israel's Julia Glushko 2-6, 7-5, 10-4.



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