- Andy Murray says he wasn’t “deserving of the win” after beating Stan Wawrinka to secure his first ATP singles title in over two years.
- Murray produced a remarkable comeback to beat the Swiss at the European Open in Antwerp.
- The Scot afterwards broke down in tears.
- “I was getting bullied around the court and Stan was hitting a bunch of winners,” Murray said, according to The Telegraph. “It wasn’t like I was deserving of the win. I didn’t feel ready to win – but it happened.”
- The 32-year-old underwent “hip resurfacing treatment” in January, and has since played in just seven singles events.
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Andy Murray says he wasn’t “deserving of the win” after securing his first ATP singles title in over two years on Sunday.
The Scot came from behind to beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 6-4 at the European Open, capping off what has been a long road to recovery after undergoing hip surgery in January.
Wawrinka dominated the first 90 minutes in Antwerp, rushing to take the first set and coming within just five points of a straight sets victory in the second.
However Murray then pulled off an astonishing comeback, saving two critical break points to claw back and take the second, before saving a further two in a thrilling third and securing the win courtesy of an unforced error from Wawrinka.
After the match, Murray broke into streams of tears – visibly overwhelmed by the ocassion.
What a player. What a champion.
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However, despite his joy, the 32-year-old was then quick to criticise his own performance.
“I felt just a bit sore, a bit heavy in the legs,” Murray said after the win, according to The Telegraph.
“I don’t know if that showed in terms of the way that I played until the end of the second set. I was getting bullied around the court and Stan was hitting a bunch of winners. I kept putting returns in play and trying to get one more ball back. Stan easily could have won that match.
“It wasn’t like I was deserving of the win. I didn’t feel ready to win – but it happened.”
The singles title win was Murray’s first since March 2017, when he beat Fernando Verdasco to take home the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Since that date, Murray has suffered continuing hip injuries which have limited him to only 28 top-tier matches across the last two seasons, and seen him slip as many as 839 places in the ATP rankings.
He underwent a first hip surgery in January 2018, however after continuing to struggle, went under the knife again a year later to have “hip resurfacing treatment” where the ball joint of his hip was replaced with a metal cap.
He made an official return to singles action in August at the ATP Cincinnati, and has since played in just five other tournaments prior to his victory in Antwerp at the weekend.
“It means a lot,” Murray said after beating Wawrinka, according to the BBC. “The last few years have been extremely difficult.
“I didn’t expect to be in this position at all. I’m happy, very happy.”
Murray’s victory sees him rise to 127th place in the ATP world rankings.