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Murray clinches Rome Masters title, beats Djokovic for 1st time on clay

tennis Updated: May 16, 2016 07:35 IST

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Andy Murray holds the trophy after beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the final match of the Italian Open. (AP Photo)

Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open title Sunday in a match that Djokovic argued should have been stopped due to rain.

Gaining a measure of revenge for his loss to Djokovic in the Madrid Open final a week ago, the third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Djokovic 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic had won all four of their previous matches on clay but had to fight fatigue following draining wins over Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori.

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It’s Murray’s first title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.

Earlier, Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American women’s final.

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