Fairytale victory for Scot
Murray in tears after winning first title since hip surgery
Tearful: Andy Murray
An emotional Andy Murray broke down in tears after winning his first singles title since recovering from hip surgery at the turn of the year.
The Scot completed a remarkable comeback by beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in Antwerp, 3-6 6-4 6-4, the triumph his first on the ATP Tour since February 2017.
This title may not rank on the same scale as winning a Grand Slam but it will be one that lasts long in Murray’s memory, given that he was all set to retire in January after struggling with his chronic hip injury.
In an on-court interview broadcast by Amazon Prime, Murray said: “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.
“It’s amazing to be back playing him in a final. I think it was a great match, Stan was playing unbelievable, hitting winners from all over the court.
“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 I’ve had, after everything. I’m really proud of the win this week and I’ve enjoyed my time here.”
The Scot’s participation in the final had been in some doubt due to the imminent arrival of his third child with wife Kim and he said: “I’ll have three kids under four years old. I need to get on the road so we don’t get out of control. 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.”
Wawrinka, speaking about Murray’s announcement after the Australian Open, said: “I think the tennis world, including me, was really sad in Australia after that press conference.
“To see you back at this level, it’s amazing. We’re all really happy. I’m sad I lost today but I’m really happy to see you back.
“You’re an amazing champion and you deserve that. I’ve lost today but in general, it was a great week.”