Andy Murray won his first Italian Open — but the more important news for Murray is how he did it. Just a week before the second Grand Slam of the year begins on the clay at Roland Garros, the Scotsman notched his first ever win against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on clay. Murray dispatched Djokovic with authority, 6-3, 6-3, for his sole clay win in five tries against the indefatigable Djokovic.
Murray will enter Paris as the World No. 2 — and the likely second seed. With the win, Murray also avenges his clay court loss in the Madrid Open final just last week. Murray brings a 2-12 record against Djokovic into the French Open, but he will also bring a willfully short memory. He’s on a victory streak this year against the World No. 1 — something only Jiri Vesely and Feliciano Lopez (Djokovic retired in that one) can say.