Murray falls to Coric in Madrid
Andy Murray’s form is a cause for concern ahead of the French Open after the world No.1 lost to Borna Coric in Madrid
Murray, who reached the final in Madrid last year, has lost four of his last eight matches – three of those defeats have come against players ranked outside the Top 20. The Scot now heads to Rome for next week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where he is the defending champion.
After an impressive clay-court season in 2016, Murray's position as world No.1 could come under pressure, with 1000 ranking points to defend in Rome, and another 1,200 at Roland Garros, where he reached the final last year.
The three-time Grand Slam champion skipped the Miami Open with an elbow injury and has been struggling with his serve since returning to action in Monte Carlo last month. Against Coric, he won just 56% of points on his serve.
Coric is a lucky loser in Madrid, only securing his place in the main draw after Richard Gasquet withdrew with a back injury. However, after beating Mischa Zverev and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the Croatian 20-year-old secured his first ever win against a world No.1 at the Caja Magica. Coric, who won his first ATP World Tour title in Marrakech last month, is the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals in Madrid.