Andy Murray's clay-court campaign has started in disappointed fashion after a third round exit at the hands of Stanislas Wawrinka in Monte Carlo.
The British No 1 turned in a distinctly average performance on his second clay outing of the season to bow out 6-1 6-2 - a result which sees him drop back to world No 3.
Wawrinka has now won all three clay-court meetings with the Scot and his reward is a quarter-final showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.
Murray came into the match with the added pressure of having his world No 2 ranking on the line and Wawrinka quickly seized the initiative by winning four of the first five games.
The Swiss continued to outpower Murray, who only mustered two winners in an opening set which Wawrinka romped through 6-1.