ROME: The British number one announced earlier this week that he would play in the Italian clay court tournament and advanced into the third round after easing past Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3 on Wednesday.
The victory extended Murray’s winning streak on clay to 10 matches after he claimed the Munich Open and followed that up with the title in Madrid last week.
Murray opted to play in Rome to get match time at sea level, rather than the altitude of Munich and Madrid, and appeared at ease in the new conditions.
Following his win over Chardy he said: “My legs were a bit tired at the start but they started to feel better after a few games.”
However, the Brit has now decided to pull out of the tournament, citing fatigue, and will be hoping to get back to full fitness ahead of Roland Garros which commences on Sunday, May 24.