Injured Murray exits Italian Masters

11:23 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - Andy Murray retired from his second-round match Wednesday at the $3.475 million Italian Masters due to a back and hip problems.

The third-seeded British star lost the first set and had just won the second against Spaniard Marcel Granollers when the U.S. Open champion decided his week was over at Foro Italico. Granollers prevailed, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7).

More seeds exited the draw at this French Open tune-up when 6-foot-8 rising Pole Jerzy Janowicz doused eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov advanced via walkover when hot Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded 15th this week, pulled out of his scheduled second- rounder, citing a thigh injury, and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy dropped 16th- seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1. A busy Wawrinka appeared in finals in his previous two events over the past two weeks, winning a championship in Portugal and finishing as a runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Madrid.

Also on Day 4 in Rome, Frenchman Gilles Simon handled Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-3, Benoit Paire outlasted fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), and German Philipp Kohlschreiber erased Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-1.

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