Djokovic: ‘I don’t want to play anymore’

VideoImageTennis: Andy Murray has given himself the best birthday present ever – he’s beaten Novak Djokovic to win his first Rome Masters title.

Novak Djokovic was not a happy man.Gaining a measure of revenge for his loss to Djokovic in the Madrid Open final a week ago, the third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Serb 6-3 6-3.“The finals of a Masters series on clay is something that’s a new experience for me,” Murray said. “It’s nice to still be sort of achieving new things and reaching new goals at this stage of my career.” During the trophy ceremony, Murray was presented with a birthday cake. He dedicated the title to his three-month-old daughter, Sophia Olivia.“I feel like that’s what I’m playing for now so that in a few years hopefully she can be proud of what I have achieved,” Murray said.It’s Murray’s first title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.“The last couple of years, clay has probably been my most successful surface, which I never expected,” Murray said.“It’s mostly great players have won this event. So I’m very proud to have my name on the trophy.”Djokovic had won all four of their previous matches on clay but had to fight fatigue following draining wins over Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori.Djokovic also played with a bandage on his left ankle after bruising himself with his racquet a day earlier.“It was a week with a lot of emotions, a lot of hours on the court,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to be fresh today and have the strength to play with Andy. He was just too good today and he deserved it.” For much of the men’s final, steady rain fell and fans covered themselves with ponchos and held up umbrellas to keep themselves dry.Djokovic argued several times with chair umpire Damian Steiner over the court conditions, saying it was too slippery.Murray was right at home in the drizzle.Source:AP“I don’t want to play anymore,” Djokovic told the umpire late in the second set.“It was raining for an hour, my friend. now it’s not raining, it’s dripping, but it was raining for an hour. And?”He didn’t take it too well when the umpire told him he thought the court was playable.“Somebody has to get hurt until you get the point. If I’m telling you that I would have twisted my ankle three times in the last three games then you are ignoring that fact completely.”The fire continued at the post match press conference.“The umpire was on fire today,” Djokovic said. “ He really wanted to show his authority — congratulations to him.“I didn’t ask to postpone the match,” he explained. “I asked to have a little break where we would give a little more time, maybe five more minutes, to people to arrange the court.”

Murray, however, appeared to have no trouble in the rainy conditions, and never dropped his serve, saving all three break points he faced, finishing the tournament without losing a set.Earlier, Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American women’s …

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