Murray: A big surprise to reach first final since 2017

Andy Murray is now two victories away from his first ATP title since Dubai in March 2017

Andy Murray is now two victories away from his first ATP title since Dubai in March 2017

Andy Murray has won his first singles title since returning from a hip surgery by beating Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the European Open in Antwerp. Analyzing the difficulties he faced during the match on Saturday, the three-time Grand Slam victor added: "It was obviously big for me to get that [6-5] game in the second set, but the game that won me the match was the first game of the third set", said Murray.

"I am obviously happy to be in the final".

The 32-year-old came from a set and a break down to secure match 3-6 6-4 6-4 and showed no signs of fatigue despite a gruelling schedule this week and the final lasting two hours and 29 minutes.

Sinner, 18, is the youngest to make the last four on tour since 17-year-old Borna Coric at Basel in 2014.

"Me and Stan have played a lot against each other".

The Brit would go on to win a back-and-forth final set 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. "We've played against each other in some big matches in the past in big tournaments", Murray said.

The crucial break of serve in the first set came in the second game, with Murray saving two break points but not a third, and his Swiss opponent served it out 6-3.

A topsy-turvy final set saw the Swiss move back into the ascendancy with a superb return victor in the third game.

Wawrinka again gained the upper hand as he broke for 2-1 in the final set, but Murray responded as the players traded breaks in four consecutive games.

Wawrinka had two set points while serving at 5-3 and while Murray saved the first with a cross-court backhand victor, he failed to return his opponent's next serve and fell behind.

"It's been a long road to get back to this point".

Wawrinka was a step up, though, and his heavy weight of shot immediately pushed Murray back well behind the baseline.

Murray will face the Swiss Stan Wawrinka next.

"I am super happy", said Wawrinka who, like Murray, has battled injury setbacks in recent years, undergoing two knee surgeries in 2017.

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