ANDY MURRAY’S recent woes continued after he crashed out to Spain’s David Ferrer in the third round of the Rome Masters last night.
The world No5 dropped a service game in each set to go down 6-3, 6-4 to the 13th seed and succumb to his fourth defeat in five ATP Tour matches.
Murray, 22, broke his recent duck with a victory over Andreas Seppi on Tuesday, but failed to make an impression against clay-court specialist Ferrer, who looked sharper throughout and won the vital points.
“I thought it was a good match, a high standard, there were a lot of good points, I just didn’t convert my chances,” Murray said.
There was no such worry for second seed Novak Djokovic, however, after booked a quarter-final with Fernando Verdasco with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Thomaz Bellucci.