Defending champion Andy Murray was knocked out of the Italian Open in the second round by Italian Fabio Fognini on Tuesday.

Andy Murray returns the ball to Italy’s Fabio Fognini during their second-round match

The 30-year-old British world number one, whose victory in Rome last year was one of nine titles he won in 2016, lost 6-2 6-4 to the world number 29.

The loss continues Murray’s poor form ahead of the French Open, which gets under way on 28 May.