ATP Tour

Murray wins first clay title

2015-05-04 14:30
Andy Murray (AFP)

Munich - Andy Murray was delighted to become the first Briton to win a clay-court title for 39 years on Monday in Munich -- even if the accompanying lederhosen were a little snug.

The 27-year-old claimed the first clay-court title of his career by seeing off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in a tough three-setter to seal a 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) in just over three hours in the rain-delayed final.

It was the 32nd title of the world number three's career and Murray became the first British player to win an ATP clay-court tournament since Englishman Christopher "Buster" Mottram in April 1976.

Heavy rain meant only 23 minutes of the final could be played on Sunday before the match was moved, but Murray showed impressive form as he kicked off his French Open preparations.

"I didn't realise I was the first Brit to win on clay for so long, so that's obviously an honour," said the Scot, who was playing in his first tournament since getting married last month.

"It was a really tough match, he served very close to the line and I was getting frustrated.

"It felt like the momentum was with him for a lot of the match and it took a long time for me to get it back.

"I think it was a high quality game, we both served well and I felt like there were some good rallies.

"He anticipated very well, especially when he came to the net."

As well as winning a sports car and picking up the winner's cheque, Murray was also presented with a pair of traditional Bavarian lederhosen as part of his prize and got into the spirit by wearing them on court.

"They are very tight. I have been told that you have to wear them to loosen them up, but I'm not sure how often I'll do that although I'll definitely keep them and take them home," he said.

"It was hard to get them on as I was obviously sweating from the match, which made them sticky."

The final was a gruelling tussle and reminiscent of their epic five-setter in the third round at Roland Garros last year when Murray claimed victory after winning 12-10 in the fifth.

The Scot had little time to celebrate with a bye into the second round on Wednesday at this week's Madrid Masters -- where he is set to face the winner of Kohlscreiber's first round match against Colombia's Alejandro Falla.

"I won't practise until I've had 24 hours of rest and then hopefully feel good on Wednesday," said Murray.

"It'll be tough for him too.

"It was obviously a long match and we can expect different conditions in Madrid, where it'll be hotter.

"He plays Falla, who came through qualifying and has been there for a week, so will be used to the conditions."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.