Former World number one Andy Murray took another massive step in his come back beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open to take his first singles title since his career saving hip surgery 10 months ago.
The Scot need a stunning comeback after being a set and break down to eventually come out on top 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Antwerp as he took his first title in more than two years.
The size of his achievement comes after 12 months of pain due to a hip injury, the former Olympic champions career was on the line when he decided surgery was the only option after pulling out of the Australian Open in January this year.
Despite the fact no one has ever successfully returned to their best following this type of surgery Murray took the chance and in June returned to the court as a doubles player winning his first tournament. He has since slowly built up his strength and stamina and made the move from doubles to the single court and in just his seventh competition took the prize.
Unsurprisingly emotions started to get the better of him as he spoke to reporters after the final as he described his day as;
one of the biggest” wins of his career.
“It means a lot. the last few years have been extremely difficult. I didn't expect to be in this position at all. I'm happy, very happy.”
Fellow former Grand Slam champion Wawrinka who has also suffered his fair share of injury concerns of late showed humility in defeat as he said;
“To see you back at this level, it's amazing. We're all really happy. I'm sad I lost today but I'm really happy to see you back.”
The win means Murray as come more or less full circle since that press conference in January when he tearfully feared his career was over and the true thought of retirement was being considered.
His path back as been hard but shows the true grit and determination that Murray has shown throughout his career to date from his return to action in June and back into singles action only two months later, he has improved every time he has played.
His quarter final placing in the China Open was considered a remarkable achievement considering what he has been through, but this win against a former grand slam champion who is playing close to his best will easily be considered the icing on the cake to date.