Andy Murray upset in Madrid Open; Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams win

Andy Murray upset in Madrid Open; Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams win
Andy Murray reacts to a wayward shot during his loss to Santiago Giraldo on Thursday at the Madrid Open. (Dani Pozo / AFP / Getty Images)
Andy Murray

hit error after error Thursday and was eliminated from the Madrid


in the third round.



champion was overwhelmed by the 46th-ranked

Santiago Giraldo

, 6-3, 6-2. Murray's play was erratic throughout the match against the Colombian qualifier, who earned his first career victory against a top-10 player in 20 attempts.

The eighth-ranked Murray mentioned his split from coach Ivan Lendl alongside his “inconsistent” play.

“My coach is missing. That's quite a big part of my team,” Murray said. “I didn't envision a finish like that. I need to sit down and think about that the next couple of days and see what I need to do.”

Defending champions

Rafael Nadal


Serena Williams

had little trouble reaching the quarterfinals at the clay-court tournament, both winning in straight sets.

Nadal hadn't lost a quarterfinal on clay in nine years until last month in Monte Carlo, and he repeated the disappointing feat in Barcelona.

On Thursday, Nadal let a 3-1 lead in the second set slip before beating

Jarkko Nieminen

of Finland, 6-1, 6-4.

“For one hour probably I was playing the best tennis that I played for the last three weeks,” Nadal said. “After that I committed errors, so what I need to do is find more consistency.”

Nadal will next face sixth-seeded

Tomas Berdych

, who beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Berdych hasn't beaten Nadal since a 2006 meeting in Madrid, which was marked by jeering and angry exchanges between the players.

“He'll be a big test for me,” Nadal said. “What happened is in the past. It was one of the few times I had problems inside a court.”

Also, Japanese player

Kei Nishikori

improved to 8-0 on clay this season with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) win over

Milos Raonic

of Canada. Nishikori next faces local favorite

Feliciano Lopez

who advanced when Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem withdrew before the match due to an unspecified illness. Thiem upset

Stanislas Wawrinka

in the second round.


David Ferrer


John Isner

's big serve — holding the American to just six aces — and used a break in each set to win, 6-4, 6-4.

Williams earned her 650th career victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro. Williams, in pursuit of her 60th title, hit 27 winners to her Spanish opponent's five.

“She made me work for every point and it wasn't an easy win,” the top-ranked American said. “She just won last week, so she is definitely not an easy player to play.”

Williams will next face 2011 champion

Petra Kvitova

. The fifth-seeded Czech beat

Lucie Safarova

, 6-4, 6-3.


Australian Open


Li Na


Maria Sharapova

will meet in the quarterfinals after both won their third round matches.

After a poor opening set, the second-ranked Li overcame a slew of unforced errors and a bothersome toe problem to beat

Sloane Stephens

of the United States, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“After the first set I was like, `Calm down,“’ Li said. “I say, `OK, I cannot only think about what happened for the game, you have to look forward otherwise you cannot make it.“’ Sharapova beat

Samantha Stosur

of Australia, 6-4, 6-3, while

Ana Ivanovic

cruised into the last eight with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenka.