Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Andy Murray reaches first final since hip surgery

Andy Murray reaches first final since hip surgery

Krem de la Krem!

So when American doubles player Bob Bryan returned after having his hip resurfaced I should have been more open to the chance that it would be Murray showing that a singles player could also mount a serious comeback after the same procedure, something never done in tennis before.

The European Open, which was played in Antwerp, Belgium, was just the seventh event for Murray who sat out a major part of the season. He then wasted two break points in Murray's next service game, allowing the Scot to claw his way back to deuce before Wawrinka sent successive shots long past the baseline.

Murray, now ranked a lowly 243, last reached a final in Dubai in March 2017 where he won the most recent of his 45 career titles.

"I didn't expect to be in this position at all". On the final, Murray added: "I think it will be a nice match to play. I consider it used to be a chubby match".

He had a second procedure on his hip in January this year after admitting in a tearful news conference at the Australian Open that he had been playing in considerable pain for some time and was even considering retirement. The British player said: "It's been a big surprise to me".

Earlier, Swiss Stan Wawrinka wasted a match point in the second set before outlasting Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2, to reach his first semifinal since February.

He said: "To see you back at this level, it's fantastic".

Wawrinka once more obtained the upper hand as he broke for 2-1 within the closing build apart of abode, but Murray answered because the gamers traded breaks in four consecutive video games. We're all really happy. You're an incredible champion and you deserve that.

With Wawrinka serving to stay in the match, Murray brought up championship point after nearly two and a half hours and wrapped up his first title since Dubai in 2017 when the Swiss strayed wide.

Sinner, 18, is the youngest to make the final 4 on tour since 17-year-old Borna Coric at Basel in 2014.

That was his first competition since his January surgery. "I'm happy to be into the final", he told Amazon Prime.

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