ROME – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world number one in men’s tennis, has failed to win his third consecutive Rome Masters title after a 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Briton Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.

Murray played a brilliant match, capitalising on Djokovic’s exhausting encounter with Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Saturday, and won after just over an hour and a half of play.

After losing to Djokovic in Madrid a week ago, world number three Murray now has a 10-23 head-to-head record against the Serbian.

The victory is also his quickest against Djokovic, and will boost his confidence ahead of Roland Garros.

The Rome title is Murray’s first trophy this year and his 36th career and 11th Masters title.

The prize money in Rome was EUR 2.4 million.