Between the tears of despair and those of pleasure and satisfaction, Andy Murray had nine long months. Mid-January, the 32-year-old had announced shortly before the Australian Open with a heavy heart and faltering voice that he would soon end his tennis career. The hips hurt so much that even walking caused problems. As a last goal, Murray gave the start in doubles or mixed at his beloved Wimbledon tournament in London – more seemed to give the body of the former number one in the world no longer.
Three months later, Murray again failed to speak at the microphone. But this time with joy, because what no one, least of all he had thought possible, became true on Sunday in Antwerp. By a 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4 against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka Murray took his first tournament victory in two years and crowned with his comeback. At the end of January he had to endure the second hip operation in Australia. Andy Murray plays today with artificial hip joint.
After the transformed match ball, Murray sat down in his chair, pressed his face on the sweatband and let his tears run wild. "That's one of the biggest victories I've ever had," Murray said. "After all that has happened in the past few years, I'm just proud."
Immediately after the complicated procedure, Murray had said that he was feeling much better. So the romp with his two daughters now worked again, without at the same time drawing a pain-distorted face. Even the first light units with the tennis racket in hand went well. That it would work with the return to the tour, but was by no means clear – for Murray but also no longer the most important thing. He said that tennis was very important to him, "but I'm fine without it, which I did not realize before," Murray recently told the Masters in Shanghai.
There, the audience again experienced the well-known Scots, whom they had learned to love so much on the professional tour and had missed for so long. Murray fought, Murray quarreled, Murray swore. And although he lost the second-round match against the Italian Fabio Fognini in three sets after a hard fight, but this encounter was the last proof that with the three-time Grand Slam champion would be expected again.
"Nice to have you back and congratulations on a strong tournament," said the defeated Stan Wawrinka now, who was also thrown back from injury and thus knows how to classify Murray's performance like no other.
After his triumph, Murray once returned home to his wife Kim Sears, who soon expects their third child together. "She was very important in the past," he said before departure, and was ready to play again. "I'll have three kids under four soon. In the time at home, my family has grown quite a bit. I have to be on the road again so we do not lose control. " dpa / nd
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