Andy Murray admits to ‘not playing good tennis’ after Italian Open exit

• World No1 beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Italian world No29 Fabio Fognini
• Latest shock defeat puts Murray on backfoot ahead of French Open

Andy Murray, the defending Italian Open champion, suffered another worrying defeat when he failed to tame the inspired hitting of Fabio Fognini, who rose to the raucous urgings of his Italian fans in the magnificent Campo Centrale on a deceptively mild Tuesday evening.

Whatever the power and placement of Fognini’s groundstrokes for the hour and 33 minutes it took him to win 6-2, 6-4, Murray realises his hopes of retaining his Wimbledon title and his world No1 ranking depend now on a lot of hard work with Ivan Lendl, who arrives on Sunday to prepare him for the French Open, which begins at the end of the month.

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