Andy Murray, who won the third clay court tournament of his career this weekend when defeating world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final, credits being a new father as having a positive effect on his career.
In Sunday’s final, Murray dominated Djokovic winning 6-3, 6-3 in a match lasting 97 minutes.
Murray recently became a father to a baby daughter and says it has had a positive effect on how he feels on court.
“The last thing I looked at today before I went on the court was a picture of my daughter,” said Murray in an interview after his victory.
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Last week Murray was beaten in the Madrid Masters final by Djokovic and was feeling very good about avenging that defeat.
“Every time I go up against him I know I have to play great tennis to win. Any time you beat the best player in the world, it’s a big win,” said Murray.
“I know he didn’t play his best, but there were still some tough moments. Last year I certainly didn’t think I’d be winning a clay-court Masters Series multiple times.”
After the match, Djokovic said that Murray was definitely a big threat in next week’s French Open.
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“I think he’s using the court better now. He has more variety in his shots from the baseline play, so obviously, he did improve,” said Djokovic.
“Winning Madrid and Rome and, you know, a couple of clay-court tournaments the last couple of years proves it.
“At the French Open, the conditions are also a bit quicker, which he likes. He’s been consistently playing well [at Roland Garros] throughout the years, and I’m sure he’s going to be very motivated to do well again.
“He’s going to come in great form to Paris.”