Murray mashed

Andy Murray crashed out of the Rome Masters in the second round, after losing to Argentina's Juan Monaco 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. It was the Scot's earliest defeat since the Olympics last year, but he doesn't seem unduly concerned at being beaten. The Argentine is a former top 20 player who missed a large amount of last with due to a bout of pneumonia.

'There were a lot of long rallies and it was hot,' Murray said to the Guardian after the defeat. We played nearly three hours, but I don't think it was a huge issue. I'm disappointed, but sometimes when you're on a great run a guy just plays a little bit better than you on the day, and unfortunately it happened here. But I'm not going to beat myself up about it.

'I understand my clay-court game needs to get much better. If this match had been on a hard court I might have found a way to win, but he's a bit more experienced than me and played a bit more solid. I just need to learn, go back and practise, and not over-think the match too much. I know what happened, and I'll work on those things.'

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