Andy Murray admits to "not playing good tennis" as worrying 2017 continues

Experienced Spaniard Ferrer racked up his 700th win on the AT World Tour with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 success against compatriot Feliciano Lopez.

Murray won the title for the first time on the clay in Rome a year ago, but was unceremoniously sent packing in his first match of the tournament on Tuesday as Fognini dominated from start to finish to set up a meeting with Viktor Troicki or Alexander Zverev.

World number one Andy Murray is unsure what caused his recent slump after his Italian Open title defence ended with a 6-2 6-4 defeat by home favourite Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Sharapova was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 when she called it quits. Italian fends off 4 out of 5 break points he faced, losing serve only once when he already had a clear lead, and he brought the match home with a good hold in game 10 of the second set.

It is a key preparation event for the French Open, the clay court Grand Slam, due to begin on May 28 at Roland Garros in Paris.

The recently-turned 30-year-old exited the Madrid Masters at the last-16 stage to unseeded youngster Borna Coric last week and although he made the semi-finals of Barcelona last month, he suffered another surprise loss at the Monte Carlo Masters to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Maria Sharapova, or Russian Federation, gets assistance during her second round match against Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

British number three Aljaz Bedene put in a valiant effort against world number two Novak Djokovic before falling to a 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 second-round defeat.

Earlier, Bedene frustrated Djokovic for long stretches with his foot speed, keeping the ball in play and whipping surprising winners.

In other women's action, last year's finalist, Madison Keys, was beaten by Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Also, David Goffin rallied past Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-3 6-2, Tomas Berdych notched his 600th career win by beating qualifier Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-4.

  • Eleanor Harrison