Scot beats his key rival
Murray topples Djokovic to win Rome title
Murray became the first Briton to win the Italian title in the Open era and had to be at his best top topple the world number one who had won 12 of their 13 matches since the Scot won the Wimbledon trophy in 2013.
It was Murray’s 13th ATP Masters 1000 title and his first against Djokovic who beat him only last week on the same surface in Madrid.
The Scot will now be reinstated as world number two, a ranking he lost to Roger Federer after his defeat in Spain,
Murray’s success in Rome, on his 29th birthday, makes him the first British singles champion in Rome since Virginia Wade in 1971, and the first men’s singles winner there since George Patrick Hughes in 1931.
Victory for the Scot denied the Serb hitting $100 million in prize money.