Andy Murray knows he still has to raise his game in order to add to his two grand slam titles after beating Novak Djokovic to win the Internazionali d'Italia crown on his 29th birthday.
Murray had never got the better of the world number one on clay before winning 6-3 6-3 to claim his first title in Rome on Sunday and seal his first victory in five matches against the Serbian.
The Briton, who will move back above Roger Federer to go second in the rankings on Monday, produced a scintillating performance at the Foro Italico in his final tournament before starting his quest to win a maiden French Open.
Murray felt defending champion Djokovic, who beat him in the Madrid Open final a week ago, felt the effects of tough matches against Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori in the Eternal City.
And the birthday boy is not getting ahead of himself despite seeing off the 11-time grand slam champion, who has won five titles this year, in such impressive fashion.
He said: "It's great. I played well this week. I know that Novak had a tough couple of days; the match with Rafa was a very tough, physical match and yesterday as well and that obviously contributed a bit to today's result for sure.
"I had to go out there and try to be patient and learn a little bit from the mistakes I made last week. I managed to get off to a slightly better start and that made a big difference.
"When you play against the best players in the world you go in knowing you have to play great tennis to win. Sometimes you do and don't win, they're that good. Today for me was great, I'll enjoy it and take a couple of days rest now.
"Obviously Paris is the one where I want to play my best tennis again, so I need to prepare well again for that.
"But in terms of the way I've played the last few weeks, from Monte Carlo through to now, it's been as good as I've played on clay so I'm hoping for a good tournament there.
"I still need to get better; I'm going to have to improve because guys like Novak play their best tennis always at the biggest events. If I want to win I'm going to have to get better."