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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