‘I need to get back on the road’ – Murray celebrates comeback win and jokes about growing family

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Andy Murray said he would reassess his goals after a “surprise” win at the European Open, and joked that he needed to get back on tour to stop his family growing too large.

The Scot, 32, had hip surgery in January and won his first title in two years in Antwerp on Sunday.

He is now likely to take a break until next month’s Davis Cup finals while he waits for the birth of his third child.

“I need to now start talking more about my future,” he said.

“I am certainly a lot more optimistic.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 6-4 to win his 46th career singles title in only his seventh singles tournament since returning from a hip resurfacing operation.

He joked: “I’ll have three kids under four years old. When I’ve been off the tour my family has got bigger so I need to get back on the road so we don’t get out of control!

“I’m excited for the third kid. My wife’s been a huge support for getting me back on the court and making me fight to keep playing.”

Victory in Antwerp saw Murray’s ranking climb 116 places to 127.

After breaking down in tears following the win, he added: “I don’t know why you get emotional about certain things or the reason for why it comes. Everyone is different.

“It was because the past few years have been hard for me, and tennis is something that I love doing and today was unexpected and yeah, there’s lots of reasons for me to be emotional today.

“My hip is fine. There’s no pain there anymore, which is amazing. I guess there shouldn’t be because it’s metal – there’s no pain receptors or anything in the metal.

“It allows me to compete like that and enjoy what it is that I’m doing.”

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Tearful Murray wins first singles title since career-saving surgery

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Andy Murray broke down in tears after winning his first singles title since career-saving hip surgery by beating Stan Wawrinka at the European Open.

The Briton, 32, launched a stunning comeback from a set and a break down to win 3-6 6-4 6-4 in Antwerp to take his first title for over two years.

Murray had surgery in January and was playing in just his seventh tournament since returning to singles.

It is Murray’s first title since March 2017 and the 46th of his career.

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Murray reaches first ATP final for two years with battling European Open display

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Britain’s Andy Murray produced a fine comeback to beat Ugo Humbert and reach his first ATP final for two years at the European Open.

Former world number one Murray, who underwent career-saving hip surgery in January, showed his trademark stubbornness to win 3-6 7-5 6-3.

France’s Humbert played aggressively but Murray outlasted him over two hours 23 minutes.

He will face fellow three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the final.

It is Murray’s first final appearance since the Dubai Championships in March 2017, when he was then the world number one.

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Murray reaches first ATP semi-final since 2017 as he makes European Open last four

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Britain’s Andy Murray reached his first ATP semi-final since 2017 with a hard-fought victory over Marius Copil at the European Open.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray came through 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 in two hours 35 minutes in Antwerp.

The Scot served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and held match point in the tie-break before Copil fought back.

However, the 32-year-old produced the decisive break in the final set to reach the last four.

Murray will face either Argentine Guido Pella or Ugo Humbert of France in Saturday’s semi-finals.

It is the former world number one’s first semi-final since the 2017 French Open, when he lost to Stan Wawrinka.

“It was a tough one to get through. Thankfully I managed to get the break right at the end,” Murray said.

“I feel OK now. It’s more about how you pull up the following day.”

Murray broke down in tears after beating Romania’s Copil in a gruelling match at the Washington Open in 2018.

Murray, continuing his return from hip surgery, moved well, particularly when coming up to the net, but his forehand faltered when he first attempted to serve out the match.

He led the resulting tie-break 5-3 and had a match point at 7-6, but Copil forced a decider with some strong serving.

In a tight final set, Murray converted his second break point to take a 5-4 lead, before wrapping up victory with his ninth ace of the match.

Antwerp is likely to be his last tournament of the year, with the possible exception of the Davis Cup, for which Great Britain will announce their squad on Monday.

He could still leave early if his wife, Kim, goes into early labour with their third child.

Earlier, 18-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy reached his first ATP semi-final with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over American Frances Tiafoe.

Sinner, who is likely to break into the world’s top 100 following the tournament, will face Switzerland’s Wawrinka in the other semi-final.

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Johanna Konta’s season is over after she pulls out of WTA Elite Trophy

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British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of next week’s WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and will not play again this season.

The 28-year-old’s last match was a quarter-final defeat by Elina Svitolina at the US Open in September.

Konta has had pain in her knee, and has decided to focus on rehabilitation for the rest of the year.

She is currently ranked 11th in the world, having begun the year 38th and fallen to 47th in April.

A semi-final at the French Open and a Wimbledon quarter-final, before her run to the last eight at Flushing Meadows, saw her move back up the rankings.

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Andy Murray reaches European Open quarter-finals with victory over Pablo Cuevas

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Andy Murray eased into the European Open quarter-finals with a straight-sets victory over eighth seed Pablo Cuevas in Antwerp.

Britain’s former world number one – now ranked 243rd – beat the Uruguayan 6-4 6-3 in 84 minutes.

It marks only Murray’s second ATP Tour-level win in 16 months as he continues his return from hip surgery.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, 32, will play Romania’s world number 92 Marius Copil in the last eight.

World number 45 Cuevas, 33, saved seven break points in the first set against Murray before the Scot eventually broke his serve at 5-4 up to take the early advantage.

Murray broke again in the sixth game of the second set before seeing out the match.

“I thought I served quite well for most of the match and, when I was able to get into the baseline rallies, I felt I was hitting the ball quite clean, which is good,” said Murray.

“He served very well, which made it difficult for me to get the breaks, but I thought for me it was a good match.”

In the other quarter-finals in Antwerp, Swiss fourth seed Stan Wawrinka will play Frenchman Gilles Simon while Italian 18-year-old Jannik Sinner – who shocked Gael Monfils – will take on Frances Tiafoe of the US.

Argentina’s Guido Pella will play either Ugo Humbert of France or Belgium’s David Goffin.

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Roger Federer to play French Open in 2020

Roger Federer has been in five French Open finals but only won one, beating Robin Soderling in 2009

Roger Federer will again compete in the French Open next year.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, 38, returned to Roland Garros in 2019 after a three-year absence but was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

The Swiss player – who has only won the French Open once, in 2009 – will also compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“I will play the French Open. I probably won’t play much before it, because I need time away,” the world number three told CNN.

“Before that we need a vacation, we need a break, and especially if I am playing the Olympics.”

He will be aiming to add a singles gold medal to his collection in Tokyo after being beaten by Andy Murray at London 2012.

Federer, who defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Shanghai Masters final, has already qualified for the ATP finals in London in November.

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Dan Evans knocked out of Stockholm Open by Filip Krajinovic

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British number one Dan Evans was knocked out of the Stockholm Open by Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.

World number 60 Krajinovic beat eighth seed Evans 7-5 2-6 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes in the second round.

On Monday, Evans, 29, replaced Kyle Edmund as Britain’s leading men’s player, 18 months after being unranked following a drugs ban.

Krajinovic will play Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarter-finals after he beat third seed Taylor Fritz.

Elsewhere in Stockholm, Bulgarian second seed Grigor Dimitrov lost in three sets to American Sam Querrey.

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European Open: Andy Murray beats Kimmer Coppejans in first round in Antwerp

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Andy Murray won his first ATP Tour-level match in Europe for 16 months as he beat Belgian Kimmer Coppejans in the opening round of the European Open.

The former world number one continued his return from hip surgery by defeating wildcard Coppejans, ranked 158th in the world, 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Murray, 32, will face eighth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay or Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the last 16 later this week.

Fellow Briton Cameron Norrie lost 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

Lopez, 38, claimed the only break of serve in the fifth game of the second set and went on to win in an hour and 29 minutes.

Norrie, ranked 61, had Lopez at 0-40 in the final game of the match but was unable to break back.

Despite the defeat, 24-year-old Norrie will become the British number two on Monday behind Dan Evans, who replaced Kyle Edmund at the top of the national rankings this week.

Edmund, who won the tournament in Antwerp in 2018, lost in qualifying this year and is set to fall outside the world top 70.

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Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray then gained his first victory in Europe since beating Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne in June 2018.

Murray, now ranked 243rd in the world, held a 3-0 lead in the first set against his 25-year-old opponent but three double faults resulted in him being broken back, although the Scot broke again in the 10th game.

He clinched the second set in a tie-break in a match that lasted one hour 44 minutes.

Antwerp is likely to be Murray’s last tournament of the year, with the possible exception of the Davis Cup next month.

He hopes to play in the Australian Open in January but is planning a month-long break when the European Open finishes and could leave Antwerp early if his wife, Kim, goes into early labour with their third child.

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Gauff knocked out of Luxembourg Open in first round

Coco Gauff

Teenager Coco Gauff was knocked out of the Luxembourg Open in the first round – just days after winning her maiden WTA title.

American world number 71 Gauff, 15, was beaten 6-4 6-0 by Russian eighth seed Anna Blinkova in just 59 minutes.

Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years in beating former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final.

Gauff and compatriot Caty McNally are in the women’s doubles quarter-finals.

“I’m very happy with my performance,” said world number 66 Blinkova, who will play Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the second round.

“I didn’t make a lot of mistakes and I had the right tactics. I was calm and I did my job well today.

“I was very focused. I know she’s a great player and I knew she was coming off a WTA tournament win, so I was well prepared.”

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