6-4 - First serve is out, so a rally beckons... good return from Davydenko, who makes Murray work but Murray almost catches him with a lob after the Russian hits the net but Davydenko backhand smashes it down the line. Deuce. Now we have an issue as Murray goes nuts at the umpire when a Davydenko shot goes out and the umpire points to the wrong mark, which was in! Hilarious as hawkeye confirms anyway. Match point Murray and he takes it as Davydenko plays it about six inches long, another semi for Murray and his first on clay.
5-4 - Two match points for Murray as he goes 40-15 up but a forehand to the baseline goes just out and Davydenko breathes again.
5-4 - Another super point though, Murray sending his opponent all over the court as he somehow returns everything but finally Murray triumphs, back to deuce with Davydenko fading into the net. Unforced error from the Russian, hitting it flat into the net, and another break point for Murray... WHICH HE TAKES!! Unforced error from Davydenko, into the net with his double-handed backhand after some nasty forehand shots from Murray squeezing the Russian tight in the middle. After being 4-1 down in this set, Murray is serving for the match!
4-4 - Murray is on fire now, two break points he has only minutes after being 1-4 down. Win one of these and he serves for the match. He sends his first return into the net though... the second one is in, a rally develops with Murray moving it well across the baseline and Davydenko doing all the running but a superb shot from the Russian to find the line under pressure with the ball spinning at pace, great shot, deuce.
4-4 - Murray holds, despite a couple of dodgy shots, levelling after Davydenko's return goes well out. Good show of resolve from Murray.
3-4 - Murray breaks back, finding the corner to bring him right back in with a chance of winning this in straight sets! the duo traded double handed backhands before a lovely backhand lob from Davydenko but Murray changed direction to forehand down the line!
2-4 - Murray holds this time, fairly easily, but the Russian still has the advantage.
1-4 - Davydenko holds and the crowd, containing a lot of Brits, are urging Andy on.
1-3 - Murray is furious after dropping the first two points of this service game. He needs to channel that anger into controlling his shots, which is his problem right now. Murray brings it back to 30-30 but a great rally sees a double-handed backhand from the Russian send Murray flailing and screaming into the corner, break point. And a poor drop shot sees Murray broken back. He throws his raquet to the ground in frustration.
1-2 - Well done to Murray, breaking back after that shocking game. The sign of a champion is the ability to bounce back from a poor game or a situation where a potential set or match point has been blown, and Murray has shown that ability.
0-2 - Davydenko breaks Murray after some poor shot selections and an unforced error see the Scot only get one point there. Poor from Murray, who swears in anger at himself.
7-6 - Finally Murray shows some consistency, rinsing this tie break to go 6-1 up, mostly from the baseline. 7-1 he wins it, hard fought by Murray but well won.
6-6 - Outstanding forehand down the line by Murray, into the corner to 30-15 and he goes two break points up, firing across court to force the error. But Davydenko comes back to 40-30 though... a massive rally and Murray now with the error, going long with a central shot designed to reduce the angle for Davydenko but he gets it wrong. Deuce and Davydenko wins the game, tie-break it is!
6-5 - Murray double faults while 40-0 up. If you're gonna do it, do it now. He holds though, 6-5.
5-5 - Murray mixes it up on that long rally but the final forehand was a bit short and Davydenko smashes a great winner into the corner that Murray cannot even get close to. Advantage to the Russian but an unforced error brings it back. He draws level anyway though, Murray looking frustrated at how he let Davydenko back in the set.
5-4 - A great rally is won by a Davydenko forehand played with great power into the far left after Murray played one of his own that was too shallow and narrow. Back to deuce though with Davydenko playing a high, short shot. This point could define where the match goes...
5-4 - It's 30-30 after Murray battles back following some powerful groundstrokes from Davydenko. If Murray breaks here he will win the set anyway...
5-4 - Davydenko breaks back! Murray had the chance to serve out the set but sloppy play allowed the Russian to place a perfect forehand to the left-hand corner, on the line, to win the game. 5-4.
5-3 - A howl of frustration from Davydenko as he goes 30-0 down with a poor decision on whether to go two-handed or one and the shot goes long as a result. Three break points to Murray now as the Russian screeches again following a similar unforced error to go long... First serve is out, from the second Murray just makes simple shots, mixing it up so Davydenko scuttles about and the unforced error comes, break to Murray! That is what you can call bottling it from Davydenko. He has so many chances to break Murray but a shoddy service game sees him broken.
4-3 - Advantage Murray now... he gets the first serve in, returned but a poor shot down the line makes it easy for Davydenko, although he hands it straight back to Murray who wildly shanks it out for deuce again. Poor shot selection from both men. Game Murray, he was made to work for that, as Davydenko plays it low into the net from his second serve.
3-3 - Davydenko has his third break point of the match now, but a wicked ace from Murray brings it back to deuce. Advantage Davydenko again though, and Murray has to use his second serve... but Davydenko with an unforced error into the net. Murray's first-serve stats are poor so far, 41% to his opponent's whopping 92%. Advantage Davydenko AGAIN after Murray mis-hits following a decent return. Davydenko long with a forehand from the baseline, unforced that was. A never-ending game it seems...
3-3 - Great stooping-volley from Davydenko that Murray, rushing to the net, cannot deal with and puts wide. Still 30-15 to the Scot though. Davydenko is in the ascendance now, he goes 40-30 up and has his second break point of the match!Great serve by Murray though, which Davydenko manages to return but POW a superb forehand down the line by Murray. Deuce.
3-3 - A brief threat from Murray bringing him to deuce but Davydenko holds, 3-3.
3-2 - Murray holds after going 30-15 down, surprisingly no early breaks in this contest.
2-2 - Break point to Murray after some really aggressive play at the baseline but Davydenko responds in kind with a wicked forehand into the corner that Murray just watches bounce away. Deuce, and he wins the game a brilliant clip across the net that Murray reaches but puts out.
2-1 - Great backhand smash from the net after he clipped it short over to Murray who was forced way too short to return. Murray gets a bit of luck when a poor beckhand under pressure clips the net and forces Davydenko wide, his shot spinning out. 30-30. Davydenko then overhits the ball with Murray scrambling, and the Scot has a chance to complete the hold... he needs his second serve now... a decent rally sees Davydenko go long, 2-1 Murray.
1-1 - A similar scenario sees Murray come back from 40-15 down to deuce but advantage to the Russian... which he loses, going long and wide with a fairly straightforward backhand. Davydenko holds though, Murray attempting a snap-shot with his forehand that goes long.
1-0 - Advantage Murray, which he takes with a serve Davydenko can't get anything meaningful on. He saves a break point to hold with a good opening game for both men.
0-0 - A brilliant point sees Davydenko bring Murray back to 40-30, some great groundstrokes using the full width of the court with both men sliding across with ease. Deuce now, a very good return from the Russian. Advantage Davydenko now, battling back from 40-15 down to win three consecutive points but Murray pulls out a good serve, returned low into the net off Davydenko's backhand, to save the break point.
0-0 - The quarter-final clash between Andy Murray and Nikolay Davydenko is underway!
17:27 - So Nadal will face the winner of the next and final match on Court Central today between Andy Murray and Nikolay Davydenko
6-3 - Nadal just needs the one match point though as he works his way around the court forcing Ljubicic to hit long and handing the Spaniard his 25th consecutive win on the Monte Carlo clay
40-15 - The world number one quickly sets up two match points as Ljubicic continues to struggle with the power of Nadal ...
5-3 - Ljubicic holds to love and forces Nadal to serve it out - something that the world number one shouldn't have too much trouble with. In theory!
5-2 - Nadal holds once again to 15 with another blistering forehand whipped at an angle into the open court and Ljubicic will now have to serve to stay in the tournament
4-2 - A solid service hold from Ljubicic to keep him in with a chance, albeit it a slim one, of keeping himself in the match
4-1 - Nadal cruises through another service game to cement the second set break and surely that is it now for the Croat
3-1 - A series of errors from Ljubicic leaves Nadal with three break points ... and NADAL DOES BREAK at the first attempt when Ljubicic slaps a tame forehand into the bottom of the net
2-1 - Ljubicic is clearly not afraid of going toe-to-toe with Nadal, but the Spaniard's defence is so good that the Croat has to play one more shot than he wants every time! Nadal holds once again to keep his nose in front in this second set
1-1 - Ljubicic holds to 15 to also get off the mark in this second set with little difficulty
1-0 - Nadal opens up with another solid service game as he looks to get this wrapped up as soon as possible
6-3 - Nadal wastes no time setting up the wrapping up the first set, quickly lining up a couple of break points before whipping a dipping forehand passing shot over the net that Ljubicic is nowhere near
5-3 - This time Nadal holds to cement the break with a great forehand volley which he was practically on his knees to play because Ljubicic's shot was off such high quality. The Croat will have to serve to stay in the set
4-3 - Nadal breaks again as Ljubicic tries to go for too much on his shots and ends up hitting a series of errors
3-3 - Nadal also posts another service hold, showing exactly why he's world number one with some great anticipation and soft hands at the net in the process
2-3 - Ljubicic is looking very confident out on court just now as he steps into the court and riffles a backhand winner onto the sideline on his way to a service hold
2-2 - Ljubicic, who also played a match earlier today against Simone Bolelli, breaks back immediately with a forehand winner after Nadal squandered chances to go 3-1 up from deuce
2-1 - Nadal earns three break points very early in the afternoon ... the first goes begging as the Spaniard can only send a backhand into the bottom of the net ... as does the second in an almost identical situation albeit earlier in the rally ... but NADAL BREAKS at the third attempt sending a bullet of a forehand passing shot dipping over the net
1-1 - Nadal also wraps up his opening service game impressively whipping a blistering forehand down the line in the process
0-1 - An emphatic opening service game from Ljubicic, who holds to love with an ace straight down the T
15:55 - So coming up next, Rafael Nadal is back on court for his second match of the day facing Croat Ivan Ljubicic for a spot in the semi-finals
15:53 - A good performance from Wawrinka then as he goes through in straight sets after an hour and 29 minutes and the Swiss number two will be pleased that the rain held off long enough for him to get through
4-6 - This time though WAWRINKA DOES BOOK HIS PLACE IN THE SEMI-FINALS AGAINST NOVAK DJOKOVIC when Beck slaps down his third double fault of the match
40-A - Again Beck comes up with a ace straight down the T! But he quickly dumps a smash into the bottom of the net after a brilliantly executed point
40-A - Again the chance goes begging as Wawrinka slaps a relatively straight forward backhand into the bottom of the net ... but Beck throws in a double fault and the Swiss has a third chance
40-A - Beck is not done yet as he thumps his first ace of the afternoon right down the T but Wawrinka quickly sets up a second chance with a confident forehand winner down the centre of the court
30-40 - A forehand goes astray from Beck and Wawrinka will have a match point ...
4-5 - Wawrinka fires a stunning inside out forehand smack onto the sidelines to complete another service hold and leave himself just the one game awway from a place in the semi-finals
4-4 - Wawrinka's natural position is a fair way behind the baseline, something that Beck has clearly spotted and he sends a neat drop shot over the net which the Swiss just fails to get to before the double bounce
3-4 - Wawrinka adds another ace to his tally as he gets back to normal on his serve and takes the lead once again
3-3 - Beck's forehand deserts him at a crucial time allowing Wawrinka to set up to break back point immediately ... the first goes begging as the Swiss hits into the net but he gets it at the second opportunity with a forehand winner
3-2 - A double fault from Wawrinka on break point hands the German qualifier the second set initiative as he looks to level the match
2-2 - Beck holds for just the fourth time in the match to keep things level in this second set
1-2 - Another solid service game from Wawrinka, who already has five aces, although that is admittedly countered by double faults compared with none of either from Beck
1-1 - Beck manages to stop the run of games against him and hold to at least get off the mark in this second set
0-1 - Wawrinka cruises through another service game to open up the second set
2-6 - Beck is receiving a medical timeout in the change of ends between sets and he looks to be in some discomfort as he has treatment to his lower back
2-6 - Wawrinka breaks for a second time to snatch the first set with a forehand winner that he places right in the corner
2-5 - Wawrinka is just a game away now from the first set as he holds with ease once again
2-4 - Beck manages to hold on to remain just the one break down in this first set but as yet he has shown no signs of getting back into the Swiss players serve
40-40 - Another forehand error from the German allows Wawrinka a point for a double break ... but his backhand return of serve is a sloppy one that drops long and Beck levels at deuce. Wawrinka gets another chance but this time Beck comes up with a blistering forehand winner across court that Wawrinka can get nowhere near
1-4 - Wawrinka is forced to save break points as Beck looks to hit straight back at the Swiss number two ... he does manage to save the first with a pinpoint forehand winner that lands smack on the line, while Beck squanders the second by hitting a forehand long. Wawrinka then manages to hold to cement the break after another two forehand errors from the German
1-3 - Wawrinka gets teh early breakthrough out-hitting Beck from the back of the court and forcing the German into the error
1-2 - A forehand from Beck goes astray and Wawrinka holds to keep his nose in front at this early stage
1-1 - Beck opens with an equally solid service hold and this match already has all the makings of a mighty battle with both players strong in confidence after great wins earlier in the week
0-1 - A very solid opening hold from Wawrinka to get the match underway
14:22 - So 13th seed Stanislas Wawrinka is just about ready to get things underway against German qualifier Andreas Beck but the bad news is there are some ominous clouds beginning to gather in the not-so-distance sky
3-6 - Just the one match point is needed though as Verdasco runs from side to side desperately trying to stay in the rally before sending a forehand lob just long and DJOKOVIC BOOKS HIS PLACE IN THE SEMI-FINALS. The Serb will face the winner between Andreas Beck and Stanilas Wawrinka, who are next on Court Central
0-40 - Djokovic's defence has been incredible today and he again uses it to devastating defence before Verdasco hits an error to get himself three match points ...
3-5 - Verdasco produces a solid hold and forces Djokovic to do the honourable thing and serve out the match
2-5 - Djokovic holds to leave himself just one game from the semi-finals. An ace from the Serb at 30-30 proves very timely before Verdasco plays an ill-advised drop shot which bounces and allows Djokovic to drive very comfortably down the line for a forehand winner. Verdasco will have to serve to stay in it
2-4 - Verdasco manages to recover from 0-40 down to 30-40 with a couple of stunning winners but the Spaniard cannot save the final break point. He hits into the net and DJOKOVIC GETS THE BREAK
2-3 - Djokovic holds to love once again when Verdasco sends a backhand into the bottom of the net. It does seem to be the Serb who is enjoying the easier time of it on serve so far in this decisive set but you never know with Djokovic - one loose game and it could just all fall apart
2-2 - Verdasco also slaps down a double fault but, just like his opponent in the previous game, it does not prove costly and the Spaniard goes on to hold to keep things level
1-2 - Yet another double fault from Djokovic, thats his fifth, but it is the only point Verdasco gets in another solid service hold from the Serb
1-1 - Verdasco levels up with a service hold despite being pushed to deuce by Djokovic
0-1 - Djokovic opens up the third set with another service hold
6-4 - And sure enough we are level at a set apeice as Djokovic hits a forehand into the net
30-40 - Verdasco whips an inside out forehand across court at an acute angle driving Djokovic wide and stretching the Serb who can only return long and it brings up a first set point for Verdasco ...
5-4 - Djokovic gets himself into a spot of bother going 0-30 down after a double fault and then 15-40 down after a second, leaving Verdasco with another golden opportunity to break ... which he does at the second attempt when Djokovic pushes a cross court forehand wide. Verdasco will serve for the second set after the change of ends
4-4 - Verdasco holds to love to keep things level after a series of errors from Djokovic, who is just beginning to rush things a little now
3-4 - Verdasco sets up another break point chance with a stunning forehand down the line ... but he squanders the chance hitting a forehand into the net and allowing Djokovic to level up at deuce before going on to hold with a service winner despite being pegged back to deuce again after a failed drop shot
3-3 - A brilliant sliced backhand approach shot from Djokovic that lands right in the corner and that Verdasco can only lob wide leaves the Serb with an immediate break back point ... and BREAK BACK DJOKOVIC DOES as Verdasco pushes his cross court forehand wide
3-2 - Verdasco breaks and it's fair to say Djokovic is not happy with it, letting out a scream. This match has just caught fire again with Verdasco out-hitting Djokovic from the baseline and drawing the error
2-2 - Djokovic comes up with a backhand volley passing shot to set up three two break points. Both go begging for the Serb but he quickly has another chance when Verdasco hits long. But again the chance is wasted as Djokovic's attempted forehand passing shot just catches the tape and fails to go over, letting Verdasco off the hook again and the Spaniard goes on to hold
1-2 - Signs of frustration from Verdasco as he fails to take advantage of a break point, slapping a forehand long, and Djokovic goes on to hold when the Spaniard volleys wide
1-1 - Verdasco also holds to love with a curling ace right down the T on game point. Just the second ace of the match for the Spaniard
0-1 - Djokovic holds to love to open up the second set
3-6 - There it is, NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO WILL PLAY ANDY MURRAY IN THE QUARTERS. Nalbandian really capitulated in that final set failing to win a game after grabbing the early break and as a result it is the Russian who goes through to the last eight
3-4 - Nalbandian fails to take advantage of game points from deuce and drops serve once again to leave Davydenko in a great position in this third set
2-6 - Despite having Djokovic on the run, sending him from one side of the court to another, Verdasco pulls the trigger too soon and fires an inside out cross court forehand wide of the tramlines to gift his opponent the first set
30-40 - Djokovic comes up with a stunning double-handed backhand down the line. It's not only a great passing shot but also an inch-perfect winner that he played at full stretch on the slide. Textbook clay-court play from the Serb and it helps him bring up a first set point ...
2-5 - Djokovic gets a little lucky on a forehand volley as he slightly mis-hits. But the ball lands for a winner and the Serb is now just one game away from the first set. Verdasco will serve to stay in it
2-4 - Verdasco refuses to be cowed by Djokovic pushing him to deuce once again and holds serve to remain just the one break adrift
3-3 - This match is not done yet as Davydenko breaks back immediately to get back on level terms in the third set
1-4 - Verdasco comes up with a stunning whipped forehand straight down the line to give Djokovic something to think about but the Serb is quickly back on top with a backhand passing shot, timed to perfection, and goes on to hold once again when his opponent hits long
3-2 - Nalbandian has gone a break up in the decisive third set, capitalising on a double fault from Davydenko at deuce to take the advantage
1-3 - Much better from the world number eight as he stops the rot and gets a service hold on the board. Verdasco really is riding high on a wave of confidence as well - ever since he proved crucial for Spain in winning the Davis Cup last year
0-3 - Djokovic holds to 30 when Verdasco hits a backhand return of serve long and the Serb is off to a flyer in Monte Carlo
0-2 - A few unforced errors from the racquet of Verdasco in his opening service game, including a forehand into the net and a forehand long, and the Spaniard hands Djokovic an early break to love
0-1 - Djokovic opens up with a very confident service hold, including a pin-point inside out forehand that lands smack on the sideline. He is looking confident this week - Novak. And that will make him hard to beat today
6-7 - Rafael Nadal's opponent for his quarter-final match later on today has been decided and it is Ivan Ljubicic. The Croat has snuck a 7-5 7-6 win over Italian Bolelli by taking the second set breaker 7-2
7-5 - Nalbandian has indeed levelled his match against Davydenko, taking the second set 7-5 to force the decider
11:23 - So next up on Court Central is arguably the clash of the day between world number three Novak Djokovic, who enjoyed such a good run of form on the clay last year, and Fernando Verdasco, who is one of the form players of the year and who recorded a very impressive 6-2 6-1 win over 10th seed David Ferrer yesterday
6-0 - And one match point is all that's needed for the world number one as Lapentti again hits a forehand error - this time into the net - and Nadal will face either Bolelli or Ljubicic later on today
40-30 - Lapentti sends a cross court forehand well wide of the sidelines to hand Nadal his first match point ...
5-0 - Another game goes the way of the world number one as he thumps down a huge serve that Lapentti can only slap long in return. The man from Ecuador will now need to serve to stay in the match
4-0 - Nadal really is cruising now as he breaks to 15 for a double break lead in this second set - he could have broken to love but a shanked forehand after a long rally saw the chance go begging
4-2 - As expected Nalbandian has hit back in his clash with Davydenko, taking an early break in the second set as he looks to level the match. Murray will no doubt be very pleased with that as the longer this match goes on, the better as far as he is concerned. He plays the winner last on Court Central later today
3-0 - Lapentti has a chance to break back but slips at a crucial time in the rally and, while he manages to stick with Nadal for a couple more shots, he eventually is run off the ball and slaps a stretched forehand into the net. Nadal goes on to hold just two points later when Lapentti again hits into the net
2-0 - Nadal gets the break after a lengthy game. Lapentti battled hard to hold on to his serve but the Spaniard was simply too good and eventually the Ecuadorian concedes his serve with an ill-advised attempt at the drop shot
1-0 - Nadal opens the second set with a speedy, imperious hold of serve to put Lapentti under yet more pressure
4-6 - Nikolay Davydenko has taken the first set 6-4 from David Nalbandian out on court 2. This is a return from injury for Davydenko after almost four months out with an ankle problem. The Russian did attempt a return earlier in the year but only managed three matches (one defeat) before having to withdraw from a tournament with a recurrance of the same injury
6-3 - Nadal takes the first set 6-3 wrong-footing Lapentti on the baseline by whipping a forehand back across court behind the Ecuadorian
10:31 - Murray, by the way, will be back on court in the last match of the day on Court Central against either Nalbandian or Davydenko
5-7 - Ivan Ljubicic has taken the first set 7-5 from Simone Bolelli
6-4 - The first goes begging for the Scot but MURRAY IS THROUGH TO THE QUARTERS as Fognini dumps a very tame forehand volley into the bottom of the net from close range to hand his opponent the match
40-15 - Murray with two match points as Fognini throws in another poor game ...
4-2 - Nadal makes the early breakthrough to lead 4-2. The winner of this match will face the winner between Simone Bolelli and Ivan Ljubicic, who are currently out on court 9
5-4 - Murray holds to love to leave himself just the one game away from the match - Fognini will have to serve to stay in the match
4-4 - I think it's fair to say Murray is not a happy bunny today as he lets out an expletive as he wastes the third of three break points against the Fognini serve. The Italian goes on to hold and we are back on serve
3-4 - Talking of Nalbandian and Davydenko ... they are in action out on court two with the match currently on serve although Davydenko is 4-3 up
4-3 - Murray takes the lead once more - holding to go 4-3 up. If he gets through this clash Murray will face either
3-3 - MURRAY BREAKS BACK! A much better game from the Scot, helped by a series of errors from Fognini, and Murray is right back in this set
2-3 - Murray again has to save a break point as he continues to struggle ... but the two handed backhand comes to the rescue and he levels at deuce before he goes on to hold when Fognini sends a volley beyond the baseline
1-1 - Nadal and Lapentti are also back underway over on Court Central, with the world number one holding his opening service game of the match
1-3 - Murray gets the better of Fognini and earns a break back point after a long rally, which ends when the Italian runs round a backhand and pushes the resulting forehand down the line just wide. But the chance goes begging for Murray as he slaps his forehand return of serve into the bottom of the net and Fognini goes on to hold, making a foray into the net and smashing away the resulting shoulder-height forehand volley
0-2 - Murray is battle back from 0-40 down on his serve as Fognini continues just to hit out. But a bounced racquet and a bit of a yell seem to do the trick for Murray (after a missed backhand) as he does get back to deuce. But an inside out forehand winner down the line brings up another break point for the Italian and this time he gets it when Murray sends a forehand just wide
1-1 - Fognini holds serve with an explosive, inside out forehand winner down the line! What a start from the Italian - just like yesterday
1-0 - Just as a reminder - Murray recovered from 0-5 down in the first set to take it 7-6 and he leads 1-0 albeit on serve in the second
09:41 - So far, so good with the weather - the sun is shining and there is barely a cloud in the sky. Murray and Fognini have been through their warm-ups and are ready to get back underway
09:32 - So Andy Murray is first up looking to book his place in the quarter-finals. But also in action today we have defending champion Rafael Nadal in his fourth-round clash with Nicolas Lapentti. But perhaps the tie of the day sees Novak Djokovic take on Fernando Verdasco in a quarter-final match later in the day
09:29 - Good morning, tennis fans. Hopefully today will be a rain-free day of action at the Monte Carlo Masters. We've got a bumper order of play due to yesterday's delays so stick with us here to stay up to date
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