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Tired Andy Murray takes break with big prizes on horizon

Published 15/05/2015

Andy Murray has withdrew from the Italian Open due to fatigue
Andy Murray has withdrew from the Italian Open due to fatigue

A tired Andy Murray paid the price for his unexpected success on clay by withdrawing from the Italian Open.

The world number three had made it 10 wins in a row on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy that put him into the last 16 in Rome.

That followed his first back-to-back ATP Tour titles on clay in Munich and Madrid, where he gained an impressive victory over Rafael Nadal on Sunday which hinted at a strong run in the forthcoming French Open.

Murray said he felt "pretty exhausted" after practising for 40 minutes yesterday morning.

"I'm very tired just now and I need to take a break," said Murray, who only confirmed his participation in the Italian Open on Sunday.

"I didn't expect to do what I've done the past few weeks. My body has never been through that before on the clay. It's a surface I've always struggled on physically. My body's always found the surface difficult. This year, it's been very good.

"I also don't want to risk making it worse - in the past, I've maybe trained too much.

"There's no long-term injuries to worry about. Things are a little bit stiff and sore because of the amount of matches I've played."

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