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  • Murray to miss Madrid with back problems

    5/4/12 8:19 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray to miss Madrid with back problems Andy Murray has picked up a back injury that will keep him out of the Madrid Masters. The fourth-ranked Briton did not give details on how he picked up the problem.

    His last match was a loss a week ago on the clay of Barcelona in the quarterfinals to Milos Raonic of Canada.

    Murray will lose a chance to pick up possible ranking points on Roger Federer as the Swiss returns to action after more than a month off to rest and train. Murray lost in the Madrid third round last year to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci after placing in two straight quarterfinals.

    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic heads the field ahead of clay ace Rafael Nadal and Federer, winner of three titles in 2012 but playing for the first time in more than a month after a break.

    "It is with regret that on doctors advice I have to withdraw with injury," a statement from Murray read. "I always love coming to Madrid so it is a big disappointment. I look forward to returning next year and wish everyone a great week of tennis."

    Murray could be compromised for the Rome masters which begins on May 14 and is the last chance for a tune-up prior to the May 27 start of the French Open, where Murray is defending a semifinal.

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Oh, bummer! :(( I hope the injury is not serious. That's just what he needs right now :((. I am glad though, he won't have the chance of aggravating it on the "uncharted territory" (aka blue clay).

danica , 5/4/12 9:08 PM


Poor Andy. You may be right though Danica ... who knows what those courts in the smurf village might do to an already existing injury.

smr , 5/4/12 9:41 PM


That's not good but I do hope that he gets well soon..............may be a blessing in disguise!

Monalysa , 5/4/12 11:17 PM


Oh bummer indeed ! Hope it's just a precautionary move and he'll be fit for Rome.
Looking on the bright side.....not sure how much of a preparation for RG playing at Madrid would've been anyway.

deuce , 5/5/12 8:46 AM


it's kind of good that he gets to miss those slippery and dangerous courts in Madrid...I don't think his injury is serious one and it is a smart move to skip playing Madrid to be ready to play Rome...Madrid is no help for RG whatsoever...totally different conditions and useless in terms of preparing for either Rome or RG..I hope Andy is healthy and fit for Rome...

I read that so far most of the players (Rafa, Milos, Novak) complained about the Madrid clay...it seems only Fed is pleased with those stupid slippery smurf courts...

natashao , 5/5/12 2:19 PM


I would have been happy if Rafa too had missed Madrid. The blue smurf was probably prepared especially for Fed . But preparing a synthetic surface like the hard court at WTF for Fed is one thing and preparing a natural surface like clay is another.
Look what happened in the slow clay of the Davis Cup in Switzerland where Isner thrashed Federer.
Who knows? Isner or Del Po might win this one. The surface favors the giants.

holdserve , 5/5/12 4:04 PM



Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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