London, Apr 30 (ANI): British tennis ace Andy Murray's hopes of an extended run at the Rome Masters where dashed by David Ferrer who defeated him in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the third-round.
Murray was satisfied with his performance in the second round but was unable to break down the stout defences of the world No 17, who has now won more matches than anyone else on the circuit in 2010.
Ferrer has also recorded more victories on clay than anyone else and he notched up another here to prevent Murray regaining the world No.4 ranking from Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, The Telegraph reports.
"I played well today. I had a lot of 0-30 games on his serve and the only disappointing thing was that I couldn't take advantage. But the way I was striking the ball was way, way better than in my last two matches and if I keep playing like that I will start going deep in tournaments again soon," Murray said.
One break in each set was enough to give Ferrer victory but his speed around the court made him dominate the match.
Murray hit seven aces but was never able to dominate on serve and the Spaniard continually put him under pressure. (ANI)