Murray frustrated by limp display in Coric loss

Murray frustrated by limp display in Coric loss

Injury has bothered him and form deserted him across the first four and a half months of the year and there was little to smile about as Borna Coric dumped him out in the third round.

"I couldn't imagine this when I woke up this morning, I always believed but I wasn't sure how I was going to play".

The Briton has endured a tough season on clay, suffering a shock defeat in the last 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters last month and also losing in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic progressed through to the quarterfinals after defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted for one hour and 33 minutes.

"Making mistakes very early in a lot of the rallies, I wasn't building any points so I didn't help myself find a way into the match to start playing better and that was disappointing because you're not always going to play your best tennis but you can still find ways to make it hard for your opponent and I didn't do that at all".

After some lengthy early exchanges, it was Murray who had the chance to draw blood first but Coric held firm with a fine forehand - which caught the back of the line - and a serve and smash combination to deny the Brit on two break point chances. German Alexander Zverev also reached the last eight by beating Czech Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic was dominant on serve throughout, facing only one break point in the opening game of the second set.

Nadal meets David Goffin in the quarter-finals on Friday after the Belgian beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2, while Djokovic will play Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori, who saw off David Ferrer of Spain 6-4 6-3.

David Goffin awaits the victor of that clash after the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 64, 62.

"I got to stay really positive and I got to play great tennis to beat him".

The Scot has been beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 20-year-old Croatian Borna Coric.

The quarter-finals of the women's tournament saw Simone Halep, the highest surviving seed, breeze past American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1, while 14 seed, Kristina Mladenovic defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 and unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova had a straight-set triumph 6-3, 6-3 against Kiki Bertens.

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