Murray ousted; Nadal reaches Rogers Cup QFs

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Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Two-time champion Andy Murray suffered a third-round upset Thursday, while his fellow multiple Rogers Cup titlist Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals at the $2.887 million Rogers Cup tennis event.

Talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis handed the second-seeded Murray his first loss in 14 matches with a 6-4, 6-3 decision in 1 hour, 28 minutes on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium. Gulbis popped seven aces and broke Murray's serve three times, while the British star settled for only one break on Day 4.

The 2009 and 2010 Canadian Masters champion Murray was playing his first tennis since giving Great Britain its first male Wimbledon singles titlist in 77 years last month. He was riding a 13-match overall winning streak.

Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 star Nadal rallied from 0-3 down in the second set to hold off 15th-seeded 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in 1 hour, 49 minutes at this Masters 1000 tournament. The big-serving Janowicz had the first set on his racquet, serving at 6-5.

The French Open king Nadal is now 8-0 on hardcourts this year. He captured the Indian Wells Masters event back in March.

Nadal won this Canadian Masters tournament in 2005 and 2008. His quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be Aussie Marinko Matosevic, who outlasted Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (10-12), 6-3 on Thursday.

The 2013 Rogers Cup champion will earn $547,300.

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