Andy Murray out of Barcelona Open with elbow injury
World No4 avoids the risk of further injury by pulling out of Barcelona event under medical advice
Andy Murray has taken a wise decision to withdraw from the Barcelona Open this week after failing to recover from the elbow injury he picked up in Monte Carlo on Friday.
The Scot had to have an injection in the joint prior to his semi-final against Rafael Nadal last week, yet was the first player to take a set off the Spaniard on clay this season, fighting hard in a three-set thriller, but clearly hindered by his elbow towards the end.
Despite the injury, Murray flew out to Barcelona hoping the problem would clear up, but doctors have advised he takes at least four days off to recover.
The 23-year-old would have wanted to continue his return to form which he displayed in the principality.
Murray has endured a torrid time on the court since the Australian Open, losing in the first rounds in Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami before finally drastically improving his tennis in Monte Carlo.
Three straight-set wins against Radek Stepanek, Gilles Simon and Frederico Gil propelled Murray into the semis and will boost his confidence for the rest of the clay season.
Next up for the world No4 are the Madrid and the Rome Masters, which serve up the perfect preparation for the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, which begins in Paris on 22 May.
Meanwhile in Barcelona, Nicolas Almagro closed in the top 10 with a 7-5 7-6 win over fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar and only needs one more win to make the step up.
Other second round results included a 6-2 6-7 6-4 victory for Feliciano Lopez against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, and seventh seed Gael Monfils battled past Dutchman Robin Haase 3-6 7-6 6-2.
Rising star Milos Raonic also made an impressive start in Barcelona. The Canadian dismissed Stepanek 6-4 6-2 with consummate ease, while former world No3 Nikolay Davydenko posted a 6-4 7-6 victory over Alexandr Dolpogolov.