Andy Murray beaten again as he goes down in Madrid

Allan Goodman
May 12, 2017

The head-to-head record between the two is now tied at 2-2.

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.

Coric, ranked 59th in the world. claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win at La Caja Mágica.

Coric will meet Austria's Dominic Thiem, conqueror of Grigor Dimitrov, in the last eight.

"I couldn't imagine this when I woke up this morning, I always believed but I wasn't sure how I was going to play, but in the end I played as I had dreamed", Coric told Television Espanola.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic also made it to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open with a straight sets victory over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Rafael Nadal s quest for a third straight title after wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona faces a stiff test against Nick Kyrgios in the night session.

His frustration boiled over in the eighth game of the second set as he lashed a backhand well wide to go 0-40 down on his own serve.

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In the women's Madrid Open, third seed Simona Halep remains on course to defend her title as she thrashed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1.

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.

Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Spanish tennis player David Ferrer during the ATP Madrid Open in Madrid, on May 11, 2017.

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

The Russian will meet Kristina Mladenovic in the last four as she beat Sorana Cristea 6-4, 6-4.

The 2016 finalist beat wildcard entrant Marius Copil on Tuesday in his first outing in the Spanish capital, but he again failed to reach anything near his top form as fell 6-3 6-3 to Coric this afternoon.

Coric, 20, only gained a place at the tournament after Richard Gasquet withdrew - becoming the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals in the Madrid tournament's 16-year history.

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