Andy Murray retires injured from Italian Open 2013

Last updated at 16:09
Andy Murray

Tennis ace Andy Murray had a miserable 26th birthday as he retired from his Italian Open second-round tie against Marcel Granollers, with a hip injury.

The Scot looked troubled throughout and now faces a big battle to be fit for the French Open on 26 May.

Spain's Granollers won 6-3 in the first set, and led 2-1 in the second before Murray needed treatment.

The British star battled back to win the second set 7-6.

But he then retired hurt before the deciding set, meaning Granollers, ranked 37th in the world, won.

The world number two's exit surprised fans watching at the clay surface in Rome.

Strangely, the Scot's only previous mid-match retirement also came on his birthday - when he snapped a tendon in his wrist in the 2007 Hamburg Masters.

Earlier on Wednesday, Murray's fellow Brit Laura Robson was knocked out of the tournament, by Serena Williams.