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Andy Murray wins 1st ATP final since hip surgery


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Andy Murray wins 1st ATP final since hip surgery

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) – Andy Murray claimed his first ATP tour title in additional than 2 1/2 years on the European Open on Sunday in solely his sixth singles event since coming back from hip surgery in January.

The 32-year-old Murray rallied to beat fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-Four within the final.

The final time he lifted silverware in singles got here in Dubai in March 2017, so it was no shock that the tears shortly flowed for the British participant.

“Obviously it means a lot, the last few years have been extremely difficult, both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems the last couple of years,” Murray mentioned in an on-court interview broadcast by Amazon Prime.

“I just managed to hang in a bit at the end of the second set and the third set was extremely close again. I didn’t expect to be in this position so I’m very happy. This is one of the biggest wins that I’ve had after everything so I’m very proud.”



It was their grueling French Open semifinal two years in the past that exacerbated bodily points for each gamers. Murray spent the subsequent 18 months looking for an answer to his hip issues that will allow him to dwell with out ache, whereas Wawrinka underwent two knee operations.

After present process hip resurfacing surgery, Murray returned to the court docket in June enjoying doubles – together with at Wimbledon – earlier than transferring again to singles in August.

The 34-year-old Wawrinka was in search of his first ATP title since the 2017 Geneva Open.

The essential break of serve within the first set got here within the second recreation, with Murray saving two break factors however not a 3rd, and his Swiss opponent served it out 6-3.

Murray regarded in serious trouble when Wawrinka broke once more within the third recreation of the second set, and the Scot needed to save extra break factors to keep away from dropping a fourth recreation in a row.

But, having dug in, he bought his reward as Wawrinka’s serve went off the boil and his stage dipped, with Murray breaking again to 3-3.

Wawrinka had two extra probabilities at 4-Four however once more Murray fought off the hazard and it was Murray who then took his first set level to clinch it 6-Four and stage the match.

Wawrinka stepped up once more early within the third set and was twice a break forward however as soon as extra Murray dug in, hitting again instantly each instances.

Murray saved two extra break factors at 4-Four to go away Wawrinka serving to remain within the match. When Wawrinka blazed a forehand nicely astray on the primary match level, it was the previous top-ranked Murray celebrating a exceptional comeback.

Murray is now anticipated to take a break till the Davis Cup finals subsequent month whereas he waits for the delivery of his third youngster.

“I’ll have three kids under 4 years old. I need to get on the road so we don’t get out of control,” Murray joked. “I’m excited for the third kid. My wife’s been a huge support for getting me back on the court and making me fight to keep playing.”

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