Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas caused one of the upsets of the day at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, toppling world number one Andy Murray and booking his first ever berth in an ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.
The Spanish No. 15 seed recovered from a 0-4 deficit in the deciding set on Wednesday to record the biggest win of his career, denying Murray, a three-time semi-finalist in the principality.
In a disjointed match, featuring 13 service breaks, Ramos beat the Scot 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 33 minutes. The 29 year old now moves on to play fifth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday.
“The most normal thing would be to lose the match,” said Ramos-Vinolas, when asked about his recovery from 0-4 in the third set. “But today it's one of those days that sometimes happens. I still fought. I was fighting. I was 0-4, and I thought that I need to keep playing every point. Then, at the end, I won. I don't know what to say.”
“At 4-0, one of the service games where I got broken, I didn't play such a good game,” said Murray.
“Then he obviously started playing better towards the end of the set. I still had a bunch of chances. I guess both of us did really. I think at 4-All, he had 0/40, too. I certainly struggled a bit at the end of the match.
“A few times today, I made some bad decisions. That's something that, with my team, I'll look at, watch some parts of the match over, see the shots that I chose and what I would do differently.”
Rafa Nadal also booked his place in the last 16 with a commanding 69-minute, 6-1, 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev. After a less-than-convincing start to his Monte-Carlo campaign yesterday, the Spanish superstar did little wrong against the 20-year-old German as he improved to 60-4 lifetime at the tournament, where he is attempting to lift a record 10th trophy.
"Before the match, I thought it was going to be a big test for me, a very hard match,” admitted Nadal. “I went on court knowing it's going to be one of these kind of matches that if you don't play well, you are probably going to go out. But I played well. I played much better than yesterday [against Kyle Edmund].
"I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning. I was playing much better with my forehand. I maintained that kind of level for all the match, I think. That was the key.”
The Mallorcan remains on course to lift a record 50th crown on clay this week and will face Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals.
Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta proved to be a stern test for Novak Djokovic in their third-round clash, but the World No. 2 eventually came through 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 26 minutes.