Result: Andy Murray suffers surprise third-round defeat in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray in action during the Madrid Open final on May 8, 2016
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Andy Murray crashes out of the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round following a 2-6 6-2 7-5 defeat at the hands of Spanish 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

World number one Andy Murray has squandered a 4-0 lead in the deciding set of his third-round match with Albert Ramos-Vinolas to suffer a shock exit at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 29-year-old, competing for just the second time in a month after partially recovering from an elbow injury, went down 2-6 6-2 7-5 to the Spanish 15th seed.

Living up to his top-seed ranking, Murray took the opening set despite struggling to hold on to his serve, breaking his opponent four times.

Ramos-Vinolas was soon back in the match, though, holding in the second set and breaking Murray in the third and seventh games to pave the way for a decider.

It looked like being plain sailing into the fourth round for Murray but his lowly-ranked opponent incredibly battled back from four-love down, taking the next four games to level things up and then getting over the line with another break in the 11th.

Marin Cilic now awaits Ramos-Vinolas in the last eight after overcoming Tomas Berdych elsewhere on Thursday afternoon.

Andy Murray in action at the US Open on August 30, 2016
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,690
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,085
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Switzerland Roger Federer5,125
5Spain Rafael Nadal4,235
6Canada Milos Raonic4,165
7Japan Kei Nishikori4,010
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,565
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,385
10Belgium David Goffin2,975
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,915
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,880
13Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,870
14Lucas Pouille2,516
15United States Jack Sock2,450
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17France Gael Monfils2,410
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,145
19Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,135
20Pablo Carreno Busta2,025