Andy Murray has continued his incredible run of form since marrying Kim Sears in Dunblane last month, taking his unbeaten streak to nine matches while beating Rafael Nadal to win the Madrid Open in spectacular fashion.
Murray has now secured two consecutive titles on the red dirt since the wedding, having never previously won on the surface, and his comprehensive 6-3 6-2 win over Nadal was as unexpected as it was stunning.
Murray, who punched the air in delight after beating the ‘King of Clay’, proceeded to mark his improbable triumph in Madrid by signing the on-court TV camera, accompanied by the message ‘marriage works’.
“It (marriage) has been nice and a lot of people have spoken about the honeymoon period,” Murray told Sky Sports after the match.
“But we’ve been together a very long time and getting married was the next step,” he said. “I’ve always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court.”
Murray’s fans on Twitter agreed:
Muzza writes "Marriage works" on cam. 9-0 after wedding. TWO clay titles in a week. We can't disagree!! pic.twitter.com/ejMtibt40m
— Troll Tennis (@TrollTennis) May 10, 2015
— Indy Sport (@IndySport) May 11, 2015
Andy Murray's form since he tied the knot: WWWWWWWWW pic.twitter.com/waPaYWUeV5
— bet365 (@bet365) May 10, 2015
Absolutely brilliant from Dunblane's Andy Murray winning Madrid Open (on clay). 2nd title in succession. Marriage obviously agrees with Andy
— Keith Brown MSP (@KeithBrownSNP) May 10, 2015
Massive congratulations @andy_murray !!!! Great performance and so much more to come. Best advertisement for marriage ;)
— philip wright (@philwrig) May 10, 2015
Seeing what Andy Murray's doing made me think: Anybody up for marriage around here? (maybe after I'm over my food poisoning though)
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) May 10, 2015
— Sky Sports Tennis (@SkySportsTennis) May 11, 2015