Andy Murray Is Back! The Scot Beats Wawrinka and Wins a Trophy after 960 Painful Days

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After more than two years, Andy Murray has lifted an ATP trophy! The Briton managed to win the tournament in Antwerp, despite being a set down in an epic final against one of the best hard-court players of this generation – Stan Wawrinka.

In the first set, it looked as if Wawrinka would easily storm through the match and beat one of his biggest rivals. The Swiss was serving immaculately in the opening set and made some fantastic winners. Before we knew it, it was 6-3 on the scoreboard.

In the second set, we saw a more motivated Murray who wasn’t willing to give up. Wawrinka broke him early, but Murray managed to claw his way back into the game to force the decider.

In the decider, the two players went back as we saw four consecutive breaks. At 4:4, Stan had breakpoints and a chance to finish Murray off, but Andy’s relentless defense prevailed, and he was able to withstand the pressure on his serve. In the next game, Stan lost concentration on his serve, and Murray capitalized on it.

After winning his 46th career title, and the first one after his trophy in Dubai more than two years ago, the Scot burst into tears.

It was truly amazing to see Murray’s comeback after all that he’s been through in the past couple of years. In 2017, he underwent hip surgery twice and was repeatedly advised to withdraw from tennis if he wants to recover. The doctors inserted metal plates into his hip joint to repair the damaged hip cartilage. However, he was experiencing intolerable pain between the two surgical procedures.

The recovery lasted until July when he returned to the courts in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem. Afterwards, he decided to withdraw from the US Open and to start training from scratch. The Scot trained at the courts in Mallorca and played on a low-tier tournament on the Spanish island, after which he headed into Asian swing.

In Zhuhai, he lost to Alexander De Minaur after 2 hours and 44 minutes of play. In Beijing, he was stopped by Dominic Thiem after a thought battle. In Shanghai, he played a three hours and 11 minutes rollercoaster with Fabio Fognini, with whom he had some verbal disputes during the match.

And then he returned to Europe where he was unstoppable. Kimmer Coppejans, Pablo Cuevas, Marius Copil, Ugo Humbert, and Stan Wawrinka all fell by the hands of a rejuvenated Murray.

Murray’s victory showed us that hard work and dedication always pays off. We hope that he can make a full comeback because a champion of his caliber is always profoundly missed in the tennis world.