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Andy Murray wins first clay-court title

MUNICH -- Andy Murray won his first clay-court title when he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed final of the BMW Open on Monday.

The top-seeded Murray was the steadier player in the decisive tiebreaker and clinched the close match when Kohlschreiber sent a backhand long on Murray's second match point.

The final was rained out on Sunday, with former two-time Munich champion Kohlschreiber leading 3-2 on serve, and postponed until Monday.

Murray was in his first final on clay and won his 33rd career title, a welcome boost ahead of the French Open -- the second Grand Slam of the season that is played on clay.

Murray called the title "incredible."

Murray fired 17 aces to Kohlschreiber's 11. Otherwise, little separated the two players.