Monte Carlo Masters: Albert Ramos-Vinolas knocks out Andy Murray

Murray took his time to come to grips with the clay surface, winning his first clay title in Munich in 2015, 10 years into his professional career.

After Edmund patted a return into the net, Nadal tilted his head back and raised his arms in the air.

It was crucial that Murray got off to a strong start in the decider and he did, although there was plenty of help from his opponent who, without warning, started spraying the ball everywhere. "So well done to him", Nadal said. "You get into the match, and it's tricky".

Zverev conceded the match tamely, double-faulting on Nadal's third match point. At 5-4, I had a chance in that game, as well. He defeated Dan Evans in his opener to advance to a meeting with Nadal. Nadal can demolish any player with his skills, and against Zverev, the former world number one will have experience at his disposal as well. I played much better than yesterday [against Kyle Edmund]. It's good. For me that's a positive thing from this week.

"I've always enjoyed playing on clay but I never quite figured out the movement", Murray said. I guess both of us did really. "I knew it was going to take a bit of time but I didn't think I'd start the game serving like that". He saved two set points in the ninth but then broke and held to love to move 6-5 up.

Murray said: "My elbow's always a bit sore, always".

"Sometimes it's tricky for the tennis players because of how much we travel and the schedule can be hard", he said.

"I've been trying to build it up slowly to time it right for the beginning of the tournament. the elbow has been feeling better every day, so I am positive about that". He whacked his racket against his shoe in frustration and then smashed it on the ground, buckling it in half.

The Spaniard won four games in a row before Murray, his serve misfiring, applied some late pressure but Ramos was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Wawrinka never found his touch or range and conceded match point when his backhand pass - normally one of the best shots in men's tennis - clipped the net and went out. However, the Scot was outclassed in the second set, as Ramos-Vinolas produced some stunning play to level.

His reward is a Friday quarter-final against Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic, who motored past number nine seed Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (7/0).

13 seed, who finished runner-up to Thiem in the Rio de Janeiro final earlier this year, will play second seed and 2013/15 champion Novak Djokovic after he knocked out #NextGenATP Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 in 88 minutes.

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