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Annabel Croft thinks Andy Murray could benefit from his loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas

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by Dzevad Mesic

Sky Sports' tennis expert and columnist Annabel Croft tips world number one Andy Murray to have more success going forward. Murray got eliminated from the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday in the round-of-16 stage.

Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas outgunned the Briton in a contested encounter 2-6 6-2 7-5. The world number one had a 4-0 in the deciding set but even that wasn't enough to see him making it past the Spaniard.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray hasn't shined in the last two events he has played, having lost in the second-round of the Indian Wells previously. Next up for him should be next month's Madrid Masters, where he was the runner-up in 2016.

''He is a great competitor - he did fight to the end, but I think that he needs to get stuck into the next couple of clay court events and I'm sure we'll see his levels rise,'' Croft told Sky Sports.

The tennis expert believes that it's not all that bad for Murray after falling to Ramos-Vinolas in such a way. ''Losses like this can really focus the mind and actually do more positives, I think.

You sometimes need a difficult loss to take your levels up again,'' Croft added. Photo by Marianne Bevis -- CC BY-ND 2.0 Also read: ATP MONTE CARLO: Andy Murray exits the tournament in a shocking way .

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