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Andy Murray wins first singles title after comeback from surgery

Andy Murray, after seemingly bowing out of the sport to have a hip surgery, has won his first ATP singles title since February 2017 by beating Stanislas Wawrinka in Antwerp.

Andy Murray reacts after a point against Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the European Open, an ATP 250 event, in Antwerp on Sunday (AP Photo)

Nine months after he seemingly bowed out of tennis with a tearful on-court retirement ceremony, Andy Murray staged a stunning comeback to the top tier of the sport by winning the European Open, an ATP 250 event, in Antwerp on Sunday. He beat Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the final.

Murray, a former world number one, had a hip resurfacing operation – from which no one has ever returned to play singles – in January this year. The operation is a form of hip replacement where an artificial metal cup is put into the pelvis.

Murray broke down in tears at the Australian Open, saying he would probably not be able to continue playing if he had the operation. On Sunday, he broke down in tears after his win again, but these were a different sort of tears.

“It’s amazing to be back playing against Stan in a final like that, he was playing unbelievable,” Murray said on court with tears in his eyes.

“I never expected to be in this position so I’m very happy. Stan was hitting winners from everywhere but I managed to hang in there. This is one of my biggest wins after everything.”

Murray has won 45 singles titles in his career – the last of which was in Dubai in February 2017. Almost three years later, he has again won an ATP singles title, taking his career record over Wawrinka to 12-8.