Andy Murray
Murray withdraws in Rome.Getty Images

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Italian Open due to fatigue.

The British No. 1 was due to face David Goffin in the third round of the competition on Thursday afternoon.

He had earlier extended his winning run on clay to 10 matches with victory over Jeremy Chardy but will have no further part to play.

Murray decided to enter competition in Rome this week despite a heavy schedule at last week's Madrid Masters in a month where he racked up eight of his wins in the space of 10 days.

"It's been a long, long three weeks for me on clay," Murray said.

"I don't want to risk making it worse. "I was just flat (in practice today). I was completely flat. It's the right thing. I need to take a break."