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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 09: Andy Murray of Great Britain walks onto court before his match against Marius Copil of Romania during day four of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis at La Caja Magica on May 9, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Murray's Underwhelming Form Continues as He Falls in Rome Opener

ROME (AP) -- Defending champion Andy Murray was eliminated by local favorite Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 before a raucous crowd in his opening match at the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Italy's top player at No. 29, Fognini frustrated the top-ranked Murray with drop shots and other aggressive play.

The unpredictable Fognini led 5-1 in the second set and nearly let Murray force a third set with a series of errors but finally closed it out when he served for the match for a second time.

After completing the best year of his career last season, Murray has won just one of his eight tournaments this year.

Fans at the Foro Italico chanted for Fognini as if they were at a soccer match.

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