World number four Andy Murray suffered a perhaps surprising defeat to Argentine qualifier Juan Monaco in round two (Murray’s first match) of the Rome Masters.
The argentine won the match in three sets after Murray had earlier looked to be cruising to a straight sets win and in the end losing 6-1 3-6 5-7.
Murray, who turns just 22 in a few weeks had a first-round bye and took the first set in quick time finishing of the set in just 33 minutes but struggled with his own serve in the second set which allowed Monaco to take advantage and hit back.
Murray’s struggles continued in the third and found himself 4-2 down, but the the Scot hit back to level at 4-4 in the decider. However the Argentine “clay-specialist” Monaco broke for 6-5 lead and served out the set to take his first win against Murray.
The pair had met once before earlier this year when Murray beat Monaco in the first round on his way to his third masters in Miami.
World number one and two Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both progressed to the third round.
Monaco’s victory over Murray means he will meet Marin Cilic in round three after the Croat overcame Belgium’s Christophe Rochus 6-0 5-7 6-2.