Rafael Nadal eases into Monte-Carlo quarters

Andy Murray says he has made "progress" from where he was 10 days ago despite suffering a shock exit from the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

This was Murray's only 2nd match after his return from a month out with an elbow injury. Murray was on the back foot in the opening set as he lost the first game and only caught up late.

He reached the final of his first tournament, Doha, where Djokovic ended Murray's career-high 28-match winning streak.

German veteran Tommy Haas' hopes of following up his first-round victory over Benoit Paire were dashed when he was beaten in three sets by Czech Tomas Berdych who plays Cilic next.

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Murray said: "It was a tough first match, I started the match pretty slow, I obviously wasn't serving that well at the start".

Novak Djokovic's road to recovery continued with victory against Pablo Carreno Busta as he secured his passage through to the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. With Edmund holding his serve, with a 6-5 advantage, Nadal misfired horribly on Edmund's set point to send the match to a decider. So hopefully I keep going in the right direction'.

Murray looked a bit sluggish early on against Muller, dropping serve in the opening game.

Elsewhere, there were wins for No. 5 Marin Cilic of Croatia; No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria; No. 11 Lucas Pouille of France; No. 13 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain; Zverev and Ramos-Vinolas.

Spain's Rafael Nadal held off Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 in the second round yesterday morning and, at press time, the Spaniard was playing Alexander Zverev in the third round. At 5-4, I had a chance in that game, as well.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Wawrinka never found his touch or range and conceded match point when his backhand pass - normally one of the best shots in men's tennis - clipped the net and went out.

World number two Djokovic, a two-time victor of the clay-court tournament, fell away in the second set and saved two break points at 4-4 in the decider, but got the job done on Court Rainier III to set up a meeting with David Goffin.