Murray to play in Rome

Murray – who earlier confirmed he will continue to work with Jonas Bjorkman as his coach – ??has enjoyed back-to-back tournament victories winning the Munich Open before clinching his maiden Masters title on clay at Madrid on Sunday.

His participation at the Rome event had been in doubt due to his hectic recent schedule but Murray has now decided to take play in an attempt to win his third title in as many weeks.

The world No 3 said: “I feel a lot fitter and healthier than the last couple of years on the clay.

“I have to thank my team for that. They’ve made some significant changes to my preparation on the clay to what I’ve been doing. So that’s helped for sure.

“I didn’t feel much pressure last week, I did not have that much expectation after the three in the morning (Madrid) finish. I kind of just played and felt better each match.

“Although I hadn’t played that well at altitude before it probably helped me on the clay. That’s why I think it will be good for me to get some matches at sea level and to see how I’m playing in these conditions

“The way I trained and prepared for this clay-court season was different to the way I did before. The results have obviously been good.”