Ranked Murray loses to Coric in 3rd round of Madrid Open

Ranked Murray loses to Coric in 3rd round of Madrid Open

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World number one Andy Murray was knocked out of the Madrid Open as he lost in straight sets to Croat Borna Coric in the last 16.

Coric was only handed a late reprieve to enter the draw as a lucky loser after being defeated by Mikhail Kukushkin in qualifying. "That set me back a little bit". "If there is a chance for a world number one ranking, that would be great, but I just don't think I can", Federer said in a recent interview.

"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, but in the end I played as I had dreamed".

The top-ranked Murray was outplayed by the 20-year-old Croatian to lose his fifth match of the year.

“I definitely think I need to be concerned about today.

"I was disappointed to lose my match against Thiem in Barcelona, but felt like I competed really well and did some good stuff in the match".

The 20year-old will face either Grigor Dimitrov or Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.

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Nadal had no such troubles as he dominated Kyrgios to beat the Australian in just over an hour.

"It feels great, I don't know how I did it but I played flawless during the game and I'm very happy about it", Coric said.

"I can not promise to play or pull out right now", he said.

Halep looked at ease as she claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Coco Vandeweghe of the United States.

Nadal, a four-time champion in Madrid, had an easier time in the second set after earning an early break, and closed out the match with another at the end.

He was on the verge of being broken in his first service game in the second set before recovering.

And he admitted to having a defeatist attitude from the start.

"We had to hit very close to the line to win the points", said Nadal, who is trying to win his third consecutive title after victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

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Murray was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Coric, ranked 59th in the world, on Thursday.

France s Kristina Mladenovic also reached the last four in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 over Sorana Cristea. "You know, things can turn around quickly in tennis, " he said.

"They have a lot of support". But you need to have the right sort of ideas, correct ideas, understand why you're in the position you're in.

Japan's Kei Nishikori saw off David Ferrer of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

However, Nishikori has only won two of their previous 13 meetings.

"Hopefully I can do that with my team, and play better in Rome and Roland Garros".

"Even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive", Nadal said.

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