Murray sent packing from Madrid Open, Djokovic eases into quarters

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

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

He won his first career title in Marrakech, Morocco last month.

Coric played well above himself but this was a poor performance from Murray, arguably his most disappointing since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open. "That's even more when I said (to myself): "I'm going to make even more balls, I'm going to make him play" and just see what's going to happen". "I did some good stuff in the match, found a way to turn it around and make it a tough match for him", Murray added.

Coric consolidated after the second and exploited Murray's weakness once more to take the first set with another break, the Brit only able to save two of three set points the Croatian manufactured.

Djokovic was dominant on serve throughout, facing only one break point in the opening game of the second set.

"It's not always the worst thing losing a match, but it's sometimes the manner of how you lose the match is what can be concerning or disappointing".

However, Djokovic salvaged the game and then immediately broke the Spaniard's serve to set up a meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori, who swept aside another home favourite David Ferrer 6-4 6-3. I was in trouble and I managed to get my way out of it with some great gets.

However, he believes he is making slow but steady progress after seeing off Lopez and a partisan crowd to reach the last eight.

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Andy Murray has suffered a shock third-round defeat at the Madrid Open on Thursday evening.

Halep faces Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in Friday's semi-finals after the world number 22 saw off Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3.

Defending champion Djokovic had fewer problems against the 35-year-old Spaniard than in his three-set second-round test with Nicolas Almagro on Wednesday, taking the first set 6-4 before breaking in the 12th game of the second to avoid a tie-break.

Meanwhile, among the women, Eugenie Bouchard ousted Angelique Kerber to reach the quarter-finals.