Murray, who rose to second on April 2 after winning the Miami Masters, was beaten by No. 13-seed Stanislas Wawrinka, 6- 1, 6-2 on the clay courts at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Britain’s Murray, who won his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open last year, is still seeking his first clay-court title. He made 24 unforced errors against Switzerland’s Wawrinka.
Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, is on a two-month break from the tour at home in Switzerland in preparation for the clay-court season. The 31-year-old, who won his lone French Open championship in 2009, will return in Madrid in early May.
The Monte Carlo event has been won a record eight straight times by French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain, who returned in February from a seven-month injury break. Fifth- ranked Nadal today won his 45th consecutive match in Monaco, defeating Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
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