Andy Murray: Tomas Berdych was better

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray admits that Tomas Berdych was the better player after his Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat.

World number four Andy Murray admitted that he was beaten by the better player after he was defeated by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Sixth seed Berdych came from a set down to win the match 6-7[3] 6-2 6-3 and set up a semi-final clash with world number one Novak Djokovic.

"He played better," Murray said. "I mean, I hung in, in the first set. He had some chances on my serve. Then in the tiebreak I got a few lucky bounces. He missed a couple of shots that he hadn't been missing.

"At the start of the second set it was where he obviously started playing better and my level dropped clearly, as the result suggests."

Murray will now travel to Spain to prepare for next week's Barcelona Open.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13Belgium David Goffin2,605
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
16France Gael Monfils2,275
17Lucas Pouille2,255
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
19United States Jack Sock2,245
20United States John Isner2,045