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Tennis: Murray beaten as Nadal, Serena, Sharapova advance in Madrid

Published on May 9, 2014 6:23 AM
 
British player Andy Murray returns the ball to Colombian player Santiago Giraldo during their men's singles third round tennis match of the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's return to action at the Madrid Masters was ended in the third round by Santiago Giraldo on Thursday as the Colombian romped to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Murray was competing for the first time in a month in the Spanish capital and was powerless to stop the in-form Giraldo, who reached the final of the Barcelona Open two weeks ago, as he sealed victory in just over an hour to set up a quarter-final meeting with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

"He played very well from start to finish, he didn't make many mistakes, but I didn't make it hard enough for him in the second set towards the end," said Murray "I didn't put enough pressure on him to force him to make errors. He dictated most of the points and deserved to win." World number one Rafael Nadal remains on course to retain his title as he moved into the last eight with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

Nadal had come into the tournament looking to dispel doubts after suffering shock defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open respectively.

 
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