Andy Murray cures clay curse

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MARRIAGE is agreeing with Scotland's world No.3 Andy Murray.

The 27-year-old, who wed long-time girlfriend Kim Sears on April 11, won his first-ever clay court title yesterday when he beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in a rain-delayed Munich Open final.

The 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-4) victory over the two-time champion meant Murray could now add a clay title to the 31 he had won on hard courts, grass and carpet.

"This was my first final on clay and to come out and play a match like that, I am very pleased to have won," Murray (pictured) said after the match that had been suspended after only 23 minutes the previous day.

Lleyton Hewitt, meanwhile, has confirmed he has played his last French Open after deciding not to contest the next edition of the clay-court grand slam, which starts on May 24 in Paris, and instead focus on his Wimbledon preparation.

Hewitt, 34, will retire after next year's Australian Open.

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