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Andy Murray battles back to avoid early Monte Carlo exit

By Staff Reporter

British number one Andy Murray avoided following Novak Djokovic in making an early departure from the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday after swerving a third-round defeat to world number 21 Benoit Paire.

On the day after top seed Djokovic suffered a surprise three-set loss to Czech player Jiri Vesely, world number two Murray was forced to launch a late comeback against fiery local hopeful Paire.

The first ever meeting between the two men finished 2-6 7-5 7-5 in Murray's favour and he will next face Milos Raonic, who beat Tomas Berdych's conqueror, Damir Dzumhur, in the last eight.

An out of sorts Murray lost the first set to Paire, but the Scot eventually fought back to claim the second and take the game into the deciding set.

And in the end Murray's top-level experience paid off and, after two-and-a-half frenetic hours, he powered his way into a fourth-round meeting with Canadian number one Raonic.

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