Birthday boy Murray wins historic Rome masters title after beating Djokovick
British tennis poster boy Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday in style on sunday (15 may) by winning his maiden Rome masters title ( Internazionali BNL d’Italia title).He is the first British man to win at the Foro Italico since Patrick Hughes in 1931.
Murray,the number 2 seed in world rankings, who suffered defeat to Djokovic in last week’s Masters final in Madrid, prevailed this time by beating the world no. 1 6-3,6-3,in one hour ,35 minutes. This is only tenth win for Andy in 32 encounters against Djokovic. It broke Djokovic’s 17-match winning streak against Top 10 opponents. The Scot earned 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €717,315 in prize money with his first ATP World Tour title since July 2015 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal (d. Djokovic). He is now 22-5 on the season.
“It’s mostly great players that have won this event, so I’m very proud to have my name on the trophy,” Murray said. “Today against Novak it was nice. I know he didn’t play his best today. But there were still some tough moments for me in the second set. I saved the break points well and held strong. And overall it was a great week for me. I didn’t lose a set.”
Djokovic earned 600 points and €351,715 in prize money. He is currently tied at No. 7 on the all-time titles leaders list with Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras on 64 crowns. The World No. 1 is now 37-3 on the season, which includes five titles.
“I had a long couple of weeks, especially the last couple of days,” said Djokovic. “I knew it’s going to be very hard for me, an uphill ride against Andy today, who was playing throughout the week at a very high level. To compete with him in long exchanges and rallies that we do have in our encounters, they require a lot more energy and better performance from my side which didn’t happen.
“Not taking anything away from Andy’s win. On the contrary, I think he deserved to win and deserved to win the entire tournament, because he was the best player. He was the player that played in the best form throughout the entire tournament.”