Djokovic suffers rare loss as Murray takes Rome title

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[May 16, 2016]  (Reuters) - Andy Murray punctured Novak Djokovic's air of dominance by beating the out-of-sorts Serb in straight sets in the final of the Italian Open in Rome on Sunday.

Murray kisses the trophy after winning the match. Novak Djokovic of Serbia v Andy Murray of Britain - Rome, Italy - 15/5/16. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Just a week after Djokovic had beaten him in the final of the Madrid Open, the Scot gained his revenge over the world number one in another claycourt final with a superb 6-3 6-3 win in one hour and 35 minutes.

Djokovic was not at his best and in a grumpy mood, complaining on several occasions to the umpire about the slippery court surface on a damp day at the Foro Italico.

He slumped to only his third defeat of the entire season, hitting a couple of errant forehands and a double fault in the final game before Murray conjured up one inspirational backhand winner to lift the title.

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No British man had won the Italian title since 1931 and the triumph gives the world number three Murray a major boost before the second of the season's grand slams, the French Open, starts next week.

(Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Toby Davis)

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