Murray is undefeated on clay court this year winning titles in Munich and Madrid.
“I’m going to take a few days’ rest,” Murray said. “I won’t train; I won’t go on the court. I just need a few days to recover. I’ll go home either tonight or tomorrow morning and spend a few days at home, maybe see my physio a little bit over the weekend to try and help the recovery process. I’ll try to rest and sleep and recover; that’s what I need to do right now. Hopefully I’ll get to Paris early next week and get some good days’ training done there.”
As for Serena: “It actually started a little bit in Madrid last week,” Williams said to media. “I wasn’t serving my best. I have to be able to serve and hit my shots with a lot of confidence, and when you’re injured, you don’t have that much confidence. It’s so important to have it when you go up against any player out there, whether it’s in my match today or in the final of a Grand Slam. You just really need it.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. I talked with my coach and he said it wouldn’t be very smart for me to play, and that we have to make the right decision for the future, and not for now. I told him that I hate quitting, but then he told me this isn’t about quitting, it’s about making the best decision.”
No. 1 Novak Djokovic came back after dropping the first set to beat Brazilian qualifier and No. 68 in the world Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final 8 in Rome. The Serb will meet Kei Nishikori, who bdefeated Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3.
Rafael Nadal became the first person to break John Isner’s serve in almost a month when he beat the tall American 6-4, 6-4. Nadal will take on Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 seed Roger Federer had problems closing out his match against Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-5 Federer led 5-2 in the second set.
Federer will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych next. Berdych overcame a strong challenge from crowd favorite and the last Italian in the tournament, Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
On the women’s side, No 2 Simona Halep defeated 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1, two-time champ Maria Sharapova defeated qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-3 and Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (7). Bouchard is 7-9 on the year.
With Serena Williams’ withdrawal, qualifier Christina McHale has made the quarterfinals.
RESULTS – THURSDAY, 14 MAY 2015
ATP Singles – Third Round
 N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) 57 62 63
 R. Federer (SUI) d  K. Anderson (RSA) 63 75
D. Goffin (BEL) d  A. Murray (GBR) w/o (fatigue)
 R. Nadal (ESP) d  J. Isner (USA) 64 64
 K. Nishikori (JPN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 64 63
 T. Berdych (CZE) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 36 76(2)
 D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 63
 S. Wawrinka (SUI) d D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64
ATP Doubles – Quarter-Finals
 M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64
ATP Doubles – Second Round
 J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 57 10-8
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d  D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) 62 64
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2015
CENTRALE start 12:00
WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs  S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP –  T. Berdych (CZE) vs  R. Federer (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA –  M. Sharapova (RUS) vs I. Begu (ROU) or V. Azarenka (BLR)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP –  S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
GRANDSTAND start 12:00
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs  D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA –  C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs  P. Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
PIETRANGELI start 11:00
WTA –  C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
WTA –  A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs  S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs  I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP –  J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)