Rome Masters: Andy Murray ready for Novak Djokovic challenge

The British No1 will face the top seed in the final of the Rome Masters on his 29th birthday

Andy Murray believes facing Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final will be great preparation for Roland Garros later this month.

The British No1 booked his place in the Rome showpiece after a 6-2 6-1 victory over unseeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille on Saturday afternoon.

The second seed managed to deal with the conditions in a rain-affected semi-final to set up a final against Djokovic, who beat Kei Nishikori in the other last-four match.

Murray, who turns 29 on Sunday, explained why he is looking forward to facing Djokovic in a bid to win his first Rome Masters title ahead of the French Open.

“Any time you get the chance to play the best players, especially right before a Slam, is great preparation,” said Murray.

“Regardless of who I play in the final, I know I will be pushed hard. That’s what you want.”

The British No1 has only beaten Djokovic in one of their last 13 meetings.

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