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.
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.
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.
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
"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."
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.
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."
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."