Murray Wins First Title In Comeback, Beats Wawrinka In Antwerp

by Staff | October 20th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Down a break in the third, Andy Murray came back to beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to capture the Antwerp title, his first trophy during his comeback and first since 2017 Dubai.

“It means a lot. The past few years have been extremely difficult. Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems in the past couple of years. Amazing to be back playing against him in a final like that. I think it was a great match,” Murray told the crowd. “I didn’t expect to be in this position at all, so I’m very happy.”

Murray underwent hip surgery following the Australian and hinted he may never play again, but now stands among the title winners in 2019 just nine months later.

“This is one of the biggest wins that I’ve had after everything,” said Murray. “I’m very proud of the win this week and I’ve enjoyed my time here.”

Wawrinka, who was seeking his first title since May of 2017, was ahead an early break in all three sets but couldn’t sustain the advantage in the last two, letting go of a 2-1 lead in the third.

“He’s an amazing champion, he’s part of the Big Four, he’s one of the top players to every play this sport. He’s won everything possible on the tennis court. He’s a big champion, always a fighter,” Wawrinka said. “He’s coming back already from hip surgery, at that level, it’s something amazing.”

Murray won his last three matches in three sets.

“Stan was playing unbelievable. Stan was playing amazing tennis, hitting winners from all over the court,” Murray said. “I just managed to hang in a bit at the end of the second set and then obviously the third set was extremely close again.

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9 Comments for Murray Wins First Title In Comeback, Beats Wawrinka In Antwerp

Margot Says:

He’s back. Amazing!
*waves* to Andy fans, especially dear Andy-Mira.

RZ Says:

I was only really paying attention to Antwerp last week, but looking at the results for all the ATP and WTA tournaments, what a fantastic week of tennis.
– Andy won his first tournament after hip surgery (can’t say YAY enough times for that)
– Shapovalov won his first tournament
– Rublev won his home tournament and on his birthday too
– Bencic won in Moscow and by doing so qualified for the last WTA finals berth
– Ostapenko won her first title since 2017 and is back in the top 50

5 tournaments, 5 exceptional endings.

RZ Says:

Waving back to Margot. Nice to see you here!

Andy Mira Says:

Hey hey hey M!!…Woohohoho!!…U’re here!!…Missing u so much M!…I have to thank Andy for bringing u back here!…hehehe

Btw…manyyyyy congrats for winning Antwerp Bracket M!…Oh God!…u’re sooo spot on when u picked Andy as a winner!…hahaha!…Ohh…not sure whether u already read this M!…but my sentiment really!….IT IS MIRACLE!!…

j-kath Says:

Well now, not sure what pleases me most – Andy’s win or Margot’s return.

skeezer Says:

Congrats to Andy and his fans. Margot wherever you are you can come from behind the Couch ;)

Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
He’s back. Amazing!
*waves* to Andy fans, especially dear Andy-Mira.

October 21st, 2019 at 7:18 am


I am so, so happy for you, J-Kath and Andy (in that order!).

Welcome back!

Margot Roberts Says:

Thanks for your kind comments guys n gals, about me and Andy. So sweet! Don’t think my “comeback” is on the same level as his, however!
AM: My “win” on the bracket compensated for all the times I come last, especially on WTA :(
I’ll post occasionally and, if I post, I’ll read replies. I don’t “lurk” in between.
All for now folks and, in the famous words of Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there.”

Alison Hodge Says:

Congrats Murray and fans, an amazing win ….

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