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Murray Falls In Montreal

posted 8 Aug 2013, 16:04 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 8 Aug 2013, 16:05 ]

Andy Murray upset by Ernests Gulbis while Rafa Nadal claims win at ATP Rogers Cup.

 MONTREAL, QUEBECCANADA (AUGUST 8, 2013) (TPL/IMG)  - Andy Murray suffered his first defeat in nearly three months on Thursday (August 8) when he was beaten by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Playing just his second match since winning Wimbledon, Murray fell 6-4 6-3 in less than an hour and a half in one of the key lead-up events to the U.S. Open.

The 24-year-old Gulbis, ranked 38th in the world, produced some breathtaking shot making and deft touches while Murray struggled to produce his best on the Montreal hardcourts.

Gulbis will now face either Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro or Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals while Murray will head to Ohio for next week's Cincinnati Masters.

Rafa Nadal, also back in action for the first time since Wimbledon, was given a tough workout from Poland's Jerzy Janowicz but survived to win 7-6 6-4.

Janowicz served for the set and led 3-0 in the second but was unable to capitalise on his chances as the Spaniard clawed his way back.

"I had very good victory today against a very difficult opponent," Nadal told reporters.

"In general I am pleased the way that I played against a very tough opponent so it's a great victory for me, an important one."

Nadal's next opponent is Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic, who celebrated his 28th birthday with a 7-6(7) 6-7(10) 6-3 victory over Benoit Paire of France.

Later on Thursday, world number one Novak Djokovic was scheduled to meetUzbekistan's Denis Istomin for a place in the last eight

Match Results:

Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat 5-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 7-5 2-6 7-6(5)

Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat 2-Andy Murray (Britain) 6-4 6-3

Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Benoit Paire (France) 7-6(7) 6-7(10) 6-3

4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 15-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 7-6(6) 6-4