Never-say-die Ramos-Vinolas knocks out Andy Murray

Albert Ramos-Vinolas earned one of the biggest wins of his career when he knocked out top seed Andy Murray at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

The Spaniard came back from a set down to defeat Murray 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in just over two and half hours on the clay courts of a picturesque Monte Carlo.

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The duo were evenly matched in the Round of 16 clash, both hitting 31 winners, but  Ramos-Vinolas would be better in the clutch moments when Murray failed to close out.
Both players struggled on serve in the opening set, where just two games went with serve. After going up 3-1, Murray would drop another service game but win the final three to take the set.

But an inspired Ramos-Vinolas began his comeback in the second set, breaking the world number one early to take a 3-1 lead, after which he closed out the set.

The comeback seemed short-lived as Murray reeled off four consecutive games in quick time in the final set. But Ramos-Vinolas was not done just yet and rallied to break back twice to level matters at 4-4.

The pair produced some thrilling tennis in the closing games, with the ball holding up in the soft clay to force some epic rallies. Murray would save three break points in the ninth game but Ramos-Vinolas broke him at the next opportunity, leaving him to serve for the match.

While Murray saved the first match point, he would send a return crashing into the net two points later, cueing wild celebrations from Ramos-Vinolas' camp.

The 15th seed faces former US Open winner Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals following his 6-2, 7-6(0) win over Tomas Berdych earlier in the day.