Andy Murray crashed out of the Shanghai Masters this morning after a three-set defeat by David Ferrer.
The Scot, seeded 11th, took the first set 6-2 and looked to be on his way to victory, but his Spanish counterpart bounced back, taking the second set 6-1 before the fifth seed powered on to take the decider 6-2.
The defeat is a blow for Murray’s chances of making the ATP World Tour finals in London next month, with Ferrer a direct competitor for a spot at the prestigious event at the O2. Murray currently sits ninth in the ATP Race, with only the top eight qualifying for the championships.
Murray’s next scheduled tournament is an ATP 500 series event in Valencia on the week beginning October 20.
Earlier in the day, Tomas Berdych overcame Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4 to make the quarter-finals, Gilles Simon ousted Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-3, while Julien Benneteau defeated Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4.