Injured Murray opts out

“Under advice from medical experts I have had to withdraw from the Barcelona tournament due to a right elbow injury,” the Briton, seeded second for the clay event in the Catalan capital, said on his website.

“I’m going to take 4-5 days rest and begin practising next week,” he added, suggesting he should be fit for the Madrid Masters at the start of next month.  The withdrawal of Murray, who reached the semifinals at last week’s Monte Carlo Masters where he lost to Spanish world number one and eventual winner Rafael Nadal, follows that of fifth seed Tomas Berdych earlier on Tuesday.

The Czech has gastroenteritis and will be replaced in the draw by Rui Machado of Portugal, according to the tournament website.

Murray was beaten by Rafael Nadal en route to his title triumph at the Monte Carlo Masters last week.

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