Murray fights hard to grab the Munich Title

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Munich:  Andy Murray won the first clay-court title of his career when he saw off Germany`s Philipp Kohlschreiber in a tough three-setter during Monday`s rain-delayed final of Munich`s ATP tournament.

The world number three and top seed in Munich needed just over three hours to seal a 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 7-6(7/4) win over Kohlschrieber, ranked 24th in the world, who fought hard in front of his home crowd in the Bavarian capital.

It was the 32nd title of Murray`s career but his first on clay as he prepares for the French Open at the end of the month.

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Heavy rain meant only 23 minutes of the final could be played on Sunday before the match was moved to Monday morning.

It was a gruelling tussle between the pair and was reminiscent of their epic five-setter in their third round at Roland Garros last year when Murray claimed victory after winning the tie-breaker 12-10.

The Scot had little time to celebrate with a bye into the second round at this week`s Madrid Masters — where he is set to face Kohlscreiber.