Murray bows out as Djokovic marches on in Madrid

Marlene Weaver
May 12, 2017

Coric added the scalp to his recent bout of good form, having won his first ATP Tour title in Morocco last month. Coric also beat Murray at the 2015 Dubai Championships. "And if I do that, I'm sure I can turn it around".

"I didn't help myself find a way into the match to start playing better", said Murray.

The 20-year-old broke his British opponent three times in the opening set, and a further break in the second was enough to secure victory.

He will now face Austria's Dominic Thiem in the last eight.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has beaten Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.

But after failing to capitalise the Scot looked distracted as he remonstrated with his coaching staff as the second set went with serve until a bad eighth game from Murray gifted Coric the break once more.

"You can lose matches sometimes, but the manner of today's loss was disappointing".

Rafael Nadal's quest for a third straight title after wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona faces a stiff test against Nick Kyrgios in the night session.

Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas recovered from losing the second set 6-0 to beat Benoit Paire and will meet Germany's Alexander Zverev, a 6-4 6-4 victor over Tomas Berdych.

Belgium's David Goffin is also through to the last eight after producing a dominant display against Canada's Milos Raonic to record a 6-4, 6-2 success.

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball to David Ferrer of Spain during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Thiem came from a set down to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 on the clay.

1 has now failed to reach the quarter-finals in any of his last three Masters series events, as well as suffering a shock fourth round exit at the Australian Open to Mischa Zverev in January.

The 23-year-old claimed a 6-4, 6-4 success over Romania's Sorana Cîrstea to set up a semi-final with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.

France's Kristina Mladenovic also made it through to the final four.

Svetlana Kuznetsova ended Eugenie Bouchard's impressive run to the quarters in convincing fashion 6-4, 6-0.

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