Injured Murray retires in Rome

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There were no happy birthdays for an injured Andy Murray at the Foro Italico today, as he retired from his second round Rome Masters match against Spaniard Marcel Granollers, with the score tied at 3-6 7-6.

On this form, it looked like Murray would lose to Marcel Proust. However, within a few games, it was obvious that the Scot was struggling with an injury.

The new world number two looked miserable, out of sorts and in pain throughout the match and finally succumbed to on-court treatment to his hip after the third game of the second set.

By that time, Granollers had sauntered to the first set and led 2-1 in the second. Although Murray winced his way to a successful second-set tiebreak, he decided not to risk aggravating the injury ahead of next week’s French Open, shook hands and traipsed off court.

Clay is proving to be an alien and discomfiting surface for the Brit and this is the third consecutive year he’s endured problems immediately before or during Roland Garros.

The retirement was only Murray’s second in his entire professional career. The other was also on clay – in Hamburg in 2007 – and also on his birthday.
Mike Dickson ‏@Mike_Dickson_DM 7m
Andy Murray says its 'unlikely' he will play french open due to lower back problems.

 Oh dear. Thanks for the report Nigel. Maybe Andy should have skipped the clay court season....

Mike Dickson ‏@Mike_Dickson_DM 3m
Downbeat press conference with Andy Murray, he'll give it 4-5 days and then take a view on whether he's ready for 'most physical' Slam.
May 15, 2013, 04:44 PM
By Elena

Frown Not the birthday Andy would want, I sympathise completely Frown
May 15, 2013, 04:47 PM
By Hazybear

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.
May 15, 2013, 04:54 PM
By scotnadian

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.

Nice post, Linda.
May 15, 2013, 04:55 PM
By Sabine

Felt so sorry for Andy and could really do without Barry Cowan's remarks, he gives a***holes a bad name!
May 15, 2013, 04:56 PM
By Iris

What did Barry Cowan actually say?
May 15, 2013, 04:57 PM
By Sabine

Andy even mentioning a possibility of not playing the French isn't a good sign. Has he missed a major since his wrist injury early on? I've gone blank.

I'm worried about Andy and I don't mind admitting it. I think if he's not going to be right he'll be wise to skip the French. He shouldn't worry about ranking points or anything like that. The most important thing is Andy's longer term career. If not playing one major helps him to recover and helps to get him right, so be it.
May 15, 2013, 04:57 PM
By teejay1

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.

Hear, hear clap
Clay sucks.
May 15, 2013, 05:03 PM
By blueberryhill

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.

 clap clap clap clap clap Couldn't agree more. Great post.
May 15, 2013, 05:12 PM
By teejay1

All this talk of no RG may just be because he is gutted about today, and as much as I hate to say it to give the doubters some justfiication for his retirement today.  Have just watched the 2nd set and the comeback and he did seem to be moving better towards the end although serving was obviously an issue. Only Andy knows how he feels and I think he will want to be fit for the grass. If he decides not to play RG then so be it I would rather he got fit for Wimbledon.

Does anyone know how the ranking will stack up if he doesn't play ? 
May 15, 2013, 05:20 PM
By Tessie

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