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 Murray12,005
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,915
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,705
4Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
5Canada Milos Raonic4,480
6Switzerland Roger Federer4,305
7Spain Rafael Nadal4,145
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,465
9Croatia Marin Cilic3,420
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,310
11France Gael Monfils3,190
12Belgium David Goffin2,975
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,960
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,790
15Lucas Pouille2,456
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17United States Jack Sock2,375
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
19Pablo Carreno Busta2,025
20Alexander Zverev1,850