Andy Murray was knocked out in the third round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday, after Colombian Santiago Giraldo caused a shock by beating him in two sets.
The result is likely to go down as one of the biggest shocks of the tournament, and the comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory for the 26-year-old was his first over a player in the world’s top 10.
The match lasted just 70 minutes, and Giraldo held the first game to love before breaking Murray’s serve in the next.
A comfortable first set was followed by further breaks third and seventh games of the second set, and Giraldo completed his first victory over Murray in three attempts with an ace.
The loss was another low point in what has been a disappointing year so far for Murray, as he continues to struggle to produce the level of tennis that saw him become Wimbledon champion in 2013.
The 27-year-old won just 43% of points on his second serve, and forced his opponent to save just one break point at 1-0 in the second set.
Giraldo has reached the quarter-finals of a Masters Series event for the first time.
It was announced earlier this month that the world number 46 would be working with Chilean former world number five Fernando Gonzalez, and his new assistant coach will be pleased with Giraldo’s recent run of form.
His impressive run to the quarter-finals has come in the week after he reached his first ATP World Tour 500 final in Barcelona, beating three players in the top 30 along the way, before losing to Japanese Kei Nishikori.
Wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would have given him confidence going into the match, and he was not intimidated by the world number 8 in their last 32 encounter.
The 2012 Olympic and US Open champion Murray has failed to reach the final of a tournament this year, as he continues to struggle with recovery from back surgery that forced him to miss the ATP World Tour Finals last November.
He has won five of eight matches since splitting with coach Ivan Lendl in March, who aided Murray to both of his Grand Slam victories, and his world ranking has slipped from second to eighth since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
Giraldo will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last four, in what will be the first meeting between the pair.
The match is scheduled fourth on the Manolo Santana court on Thursday, and the winner will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Tomas Berdych in the semi-final.
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