It seems British number one Andy Murray is on a role winning two clay court titles in Europe in a matter of weeks, first in Munich and now in Rome. Murray celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday by sealing his first clay court victory against World Number One Novak Djokovic at the Rome Masters (ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia).
Murray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the Italian capital to claim his long awaited clay court victory against the Serb after five previous failed attempts. The victory also gave Murray his second Masters title on clay after he won the Munich Open earlier this month beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4).The win in Rome also gave him his 33rd ATP title and only his second victory against Djokovic in thirteen matches since his Wimbledon victory back in 2013. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as Djokovic argued with the umpire about the match continuing in wet conditions which he deemed unsafe due to risk of injury.
On route to the final Murray didn’t drop a set easing past Mikhail Kukushkin in his first match 6-3, 6-3 followed by Jeremy Chardy in round three 6-0, 6-4 and then he defeated Twelfth seed David Goffin 6-1, 7-5 in the quarters and Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals.
All eyes will now turn to the French capital for the second Grand Slam tournament of the year as Paris hosts The French Open at Roland Garros starting this Sunday (22nd May). Murray’s latest victory will see him return to the World Number Two spot ahead of the start of the tournament.