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Andy Murray moulds elusive clay crown with BMW Open Munich win

By Mark Bryans

Andy Murray described his first clay-court victory as an "honour" as he ended a 39-year wait for a British winner on the surface by taking the BMW Open in Munich.

The 27-year-old, playing in his first tournament since marrying long-term girlfriend Kim Sears last month, was pushed all the way by Philipp Kohlschreiber, but came through to take the win in just over three hours.

Murray was forced to wait for his maiden clay crown after rain ended hopes of the final being concluded on Sunday and home favourite Kohlschreiber made sure it was not all plain sailing for the world number three before Murray eventually recorded a 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-4) win.

As he builds up to the French Open, Murray was pleased to break his duck on clay - almost 40 years since Buster Mottram took Britain's last tour win on the dirt.

"It was a really tough match, he served very close to the line and I was getting frustrated," Murray said after collecting his 32nd career title.

"The rain made things really tough, but as a Scot I'm used to that. It's been a hard couple of days, so I am very happy to have won, especially on clay.

"I didn't realise I was the first Brit to win on clay for so long, so that's obviously an honour."

The pair could meet again tomorrow in the Madrid Masters. If Kohlschreiber comes through his first-round match against Colombian qualifier Alejando Falla, he will take on second seed Murray.

jessica Leeman lifted the under-16 girls title at Malahide yesterday when she defeated fellow Ulster player Amy Rothwell 6-3 6-2.

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