Novak Djokovic, the World no 1, just lost the Rome Masters to Andy Murray after a rain-drenched match.
After tiring wins and long games against Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori, Djokovic found it difficult to keep up with the 29-year-old.
He also approached the game with an injury to his left ankle after hitting himself with his racket. Rain fell and Djokovic argued with chair umpire Damian Steiner. Play-battered Djokovic didn’t want to play in a slippery court. However, umpire Steiner judged that the court was good enough for playing.
“I asked to have a little break where we would give a little time, maybe five more minutes, to people to arrange the court,” Djokovic explained. He added, “The chair umpire knew that the forecast was good. There was not going to be any rain. I didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t stop.”
The tired Djokovic was disappointed the umpire did not heed his suggestion of delaying the match for at least five minutes. He wanted the clay court to have time to dry and be less muddy.
Although Murray got the best of the game on the wet clay court, he also shared his share of woes. He told The Guardian, “It was the lines that were the issue. They were extremely wet and you could see sometimes when the ball hits the line it just takes off. And it pretty much rained for a large portion of the match.”
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The rains may have as well blessed Murray’s birthday match. The British no 1 not only won his first Rome Masters title but also broke the longstanding record of a British winning the Italian Open. The last British who won in Rome was Pat Hughes in 1931.
The 29-year-old dedicated his win to his daughter, Sophia Olivia.
After the concluded Rome Masters, Murray and Djokovic will meet again at the French Open next week.