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'Marriage works': Andy Murray credits Kim Sears for beating Rafael Nadal at Madrid Masters

By Simon Rice

Published 11/05/2015

Andy Murray of Britain holds up the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Madrid Open Tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Murray defeated Nadal 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Paul White) )
Andy Murray of Britain holds up the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Madrid Open Tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Murray defeated Nadal 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Paul White) )
Andy Murray of Great Britain sits down after writing 'Marriage Works' on the TV camera after his win over Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final during day nine of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
File photo dated 11/04/15 of Andy Murray and his bride Kim Sears as he has eclared that "marriage works" after blasting his way to a second clay court title. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 10, 2015. The Scot has enjoyed a strong run of form since he married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in front of family and friends at Dunblane Cathedral last month. And today he beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to become the Mutua Madrid Open champion, claiming the 6-3 6-2 victory in less than 90 minutes in front of the clay king's Spanish fans. See PA story SPORT Murray. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Andy Murray's clay tournament win percentage before marriage - 0 per cent.

The Scot's win percentage on the surface since tying the knot with Kim Sears - 100 per cent.

It seems marriage works for the British number one, who appears to agree judging by the message he wrote in the aftermath of victory over Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters final.

Murray beat 'King of Clay' Nadal in straight sets in the final with a remarkably composed and assured performance.

The victory in Spain was his second on clay in as many weeks, having won the Munich Open the previous Sunday.

Both have come since he married long-time partner Sears and for Murray, who had never won a clay court tournament prior to Munich, that seems to be what's made the difference. After his victory over Nadal he scribbled the words 'Marriage works' onto the camera.

Murray will be hoping it continues to do so with the French Open on the horizon.

Speaking after the victory, his first against Nadal on clay, Murray also pointed towards his fitness levels: "It (marriage) has been nice and a lot of people have spoken about the honeymoon period."

"But we've been together a very long time and getting married was the next step.

"I've always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court.

"But I also feel healthy this year and I have trained well, I'm in much better shape on the clay than I have been for a number of years."

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