New Delhi: Novak Djokovic's bid to win the elusive French Open title received a boost as the world number one defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open final on Sunday.
Djokovic, who hasn't drop a set in the Spanish capital this week, lost the second set to the defending champion, but wrapped up the match with a comfortable 6-3 in the final set.
This is Djokovic's second Madrid Open title, after his first triumph in 2011.
As expected the final match was a battle of baseline duels but the Serbian won the match thanks to a resolute service game, despite trailing on aces count to his opponent.
With the win, Djokovic now moves ahead of Spain's Rafael Nadal with a record 29 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
The defeat means that the 28-year-old Scots loses his world number two ranking to Roger Federer on Monday, when the new ranking releases.
With the 2016 French Open starting on May 22, the win at Madrid clay court tournament means that the 28-year-old Serbian is fully prepared to win at Roland Garros, to complete his career Grand Slam.