By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray suffered a disappointing defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-2 2-6 5-7, in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Murray revealed afterwards that the elbow injury that had kept him out of the Miami Masters was still troubling him and his struggles on serve were testament to it.

While the scorelines in the first two sets were a mirror image, Murray looked to have shaken off any danger of an upset by jumping out to 4-0 up in the decider.

However, with Ramos-Vinolas claiming seven breaks of serve in the match overall, the Spaniard was able to claw back Murray's advantage and defeat the world number one.

Murray therefore fails to match his semi-final performance of last year in Monaco and has hin...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray overcame a slow start to record a 7-5, 7-5 win against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number one has been away from competitive action since early March, recovering from an elbow injury. His return to match play wasn't smooth sailing, with the Brit understandably rusty in his first match of the season on clay.

Murray's serve was distinctly below par at the start of the match, offering up three double faults and he quickly went down a break. Muller's serve and volley game was working well.

But the Brit improved as the set went on, although he was forced to save two set points at 4-5.

World number 28 Muller then failed to serve out the set and Murray's comeback began, a further...
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By Nigel Graber

Update: Yep, it was an April Fools. Thanks to those that played along. - Ed
In an unprecedented move for a British sports star, Andy Murray is to hand back the knighthood he received in the New Year’s Honours List.

Since becoming a Sir, Murray has endured a miserable time on court, losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of Qatar, getting dumped out of the Australian Open early by Mischa Zverev and losing in the second round of Indian Wells to Vasek Pospisil.

To make matters worse, Murray is sidelined with an elbow injury that's forced him to miss this week's Miami Masters. The Scot’s sole title success of the year, in Dubai, came against opponents largely from outside the world’s top 20.

Before receiving his knighthoo...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray won his firsts title of the year - and 45th of his career - with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spains Fernando Verdasco at the Dubai Championships.

The opening exchanges were dominated by errors. Murray hit two double faults on his way to dropping his opening service game. Verdasco returned the favour, hitting three unforced errors of his own to hand the break back. Murray again struggled to hold serve, and Verdasco clung on to open up a 3-1 lead.

The world number one finally held serve in the fifth game before breaking the Spaniard to level the scores at 3-3. Murray was now playing solid tennis, and the Brit reeled off another three games on the trot to take the first set.

Murray's form continued to improve in the second se...
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By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray made much shorter work of Lucas Pouille in the semi-final of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships than he did Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarters. The Scot won through 7-5 6-1.

The world number one saved seven match points in a 31-minute tiebreak against the German and he struggled in the first set against the seventh seed, perhaps owing to a slight hangover from those exploits.

The duo broke each other twice before the Scot sealed the first set after 68 minutes with his third break.  The final set was a far more routine affair as Murray set up a bout with Fernando Verdasco in Saturday's final.

Verdasco beat Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6 5-7 6-1. He’ll be facing a man playing his 14th final in his last 16 tournaments.<...
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By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray prevailed in one of the more extraordinary matches of his career in the Dubai quarterfinals, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4-7) 7-6(20-18) 6-1.

The second set tiebreak score above is not a typographical error, for Murray did indeed come through it as the victor of its 38th point.

Had that tiebreak been stretched just a point further, it would have been the longest men's tour tiebreak since 1991.

The blood pressure of many of his fans would have been tested to the extreme as Murray ensured a third set by taking his eighth set point of the breaker and facing down seven match points for Kohlschreiber in the process.

The first set went the way of the German after Murray double-faulted in a more run-...
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