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Andy Murray produced bizarre outburst during Monte Carlo defeat

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There was a big shock during the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday afternoon as world number one Andy Murray crashed out of the tournament.

The Brit had looked well on course to progress into the quarter-finals after taking a commanding 4-0 lead against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third and final set.

However, Ramos-Vinolas staged a brilliant late comeback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and pick up his first win over a world number one.

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Murray's serve, in particular, was the source of many problems and he was broken by the 15th seed on seven occasions - the first time that's happened in a best of three sets match since he lost to Rafael Nadal at the same venue in 2011.

Ramos-Vinolas had started brightly to win the first set convincingly 6-2 before Murray turned the tables by securing the second set with the same scoreline.

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And you would have got some decent odds on the Spaniard to come away with a win after Murray raced into a 4-0 lead in the final set.

But a Murray meltdown followed, opening the door to the tricky left-hander get back into the game - an opportunity he grabbed with both hands.

Of course, Murray is no stranger to berating himself on court but we saw one of his more bizarre self-pep talks during one of the final change of ends.

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Well aware how quickly the match was slipping away from him, Murray was caught on camera trying to gee himself up.

"I don't know how to play! Come on! Come on!" Murray shouted - see the video below.

Unfortunately, though, the Scot's tactic failed to alter the momentum of the tie and Ramos-Vinolas was able to hold serve to seal the third set 7-5.

Monte Carlo was Murray's first tournament since recovering from an elbow injury and with the French Open fast approaching, more competitive action on the clay would have undoubtedly been invaluable.

Meanwhile Ramos-Vinolas will deservedly take his place in the last eight and play Marin Cilic for a spot in the semi-finals.

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Rafael Nadal
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Andy Murray

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