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Sport From retirement fears in Melbourne to glory in Antwerp – Andy Murray's emotional 2019 timeline

04:00  21 october  2019
04:00  21 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Andy Murray holding a ball: Andy Murray, who is an ATP Tour winner again © Getty Images Andy Murray, who is an ATP Tour winner again

Andy Murray's tears of despair in Melbourne were swapped for tears of joy in Antwerp after a heart-warming triumph at the European Open.

The three-time grand slam winner overcame Stan Wawrinka in three topsy-turvy sets to win a first ATP Tour title since 2017.

It marks an incredible turnaround for Murray, who at a news conference previewing the Australian Open in January spoke of his fears that his career was coming to an end due to a long-term hip injury, for which he underwent resurfacing surgery after the opening slam of 2019.

Just nine months later and Murray is a singles champion again on the ATP Tour. Here, we look back at an emotional 2019 for the popular Briton.

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ANDY MURRAY broke down in tears after winning the European Open - nine months after thinking his career was over. Muzza has returned empathically to the big time of his sport, coming from behind to beat multiple Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the final in Antwerp .

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TEARS IN MELBOURNE 

Murray broke down in tears when briefing the press ahead of the Australian Open in January after struggling to recover from hip surgery.

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that," Murray said ahead of a valiant five-set first-round loss to Roberto Bautista-Agut.

Later that month, Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery.

PAIN FREE AND ARISE SIR ANDY

Six weeks later, Murray sat down with BBC Sport for an interview in which he said he was "pain free" following the procedure, though admitted his chances of playing at Wimbledon were slim.

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ANTWERP , Belgium — Andy Murray is back in an ATP tour final for the first time since March 2017 after beating Ugo Humbert, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the European Open semifinals. Murray will face his fellow three- time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat 18-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy, 6-3, 6-2.

In May, Murray received the honour of a knighthood at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, saying: "It's a nice day to spend with my family – my wife and parents are here."

British Andy Murray returns a shot during the Men's singles first round match against Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium, at the European Open ATP Antwerp tennis tournament, on October 15, 2019 in Antwerp. ( © Getty Images British Andy Murray returns a shot during the Men's singles first round match against Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium, at the European Open ATP Antwerp tennis tournament, on October 15, 2019 in Antwerp. (

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Murray fans were delighted in June when it was announced he would play doubles with Feliciano Lopez – a player once dubbed 'Deliciano' by his mother Judy Murray.

Incredibly, the duo defeated Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram to clinch the title.

SERENA DREAM TEAM AT WIMBLEDON

Murray made headlines without even striking a ball when it was announced he would pair up with Serena Williams for a star-studded mixed-doubles pairing at Wimbledon.

It was a partnership that ended in round three, while Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert were knocked out in round two of the men's doubles.

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ANTWERP , Belgium — Andy Murray has won his first ATP tour final since having hip surgery in January for an injury that left him contemplating retirement at one point. Murray rallied to beat his fellow three- time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Murray later teamed up with brother Jamie and again with Lopez to build up his match fitness, before another huge announcement followed.

British Andy Murray celebrates after winning a tennis match againstUruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the men's singles tournament at the European Open ATP Antwerp, on October 17, 2019, in Antwerp. © Getty Images British Andy Murray celebrates after winning a tennis match againstUruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the men's singles tournament at the European Open ATP Antwerp, on October 17, 2019, in Antwerp.

GOING SOLO IN CINCINNATI

It was a moment he feared might not happen, but in August Murray was back playing singles at the Cincinnati Masters.

A first-round defeat to Richard Gasquet followed but Murray continued to add match minutes and claimed a notable victory over Matteo Berrettini at the China Open, before losing an ill-tempered second-round clash to Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters.

ANDY AWESOME IN ANTWERP

After defeating Kimmer Coppejans and Pablo Cuevas in straight sets at the European Open, Murray needed to dip deep to go the distance in victories over Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert.

The fact Murray had made the final of an ATP Tour tournament was a huge achievement in itself and, after dropping the first set to Wawrinka, it looked a tall order to go a step further.

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Andy Murray , who beat Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp to win his first ATP Tour title since undergoing Andy Murray gets emotional after winning his first ATP Tour title since undergoing January hip Murray did not win a set in his first two tour-level matches back on the singles court in Cincinnati and

British tennis ace Andy Murray beat Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open to claim his first ATP title since returning from hip surgery. 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.

But in a back-and-forth encounter, Murray triumphed 3-6 6-4 6-4 before breaking down in tears courtside.

"It's amazing to be back playing against him in a final like that. I think it was a great match. I didn't expect to be in this position at all, so I'm very happy," he said.

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