Andy Murray reaches 1st final since hip surgery in Antwerp

Ross Houston
October 20, 2019

Andy Murray battled through to his first semi-final in nearly two and a half years at the European Open in Antwerp.

But the metal hip passed another stern examination, Copil throwing in plenty of drop shots to test Murray's movement in another encouraging step on the road back towards challenging the top. He faces the hulking Swiss, against whom he played in the French Open semi-final of that year, the last big match before his serious hip problems became apparent.

However, he faces a potentially daunting semi-final against three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka if the former world number three gets past Gilles Simon in his quarter-final.

Murray holds an 11-8 head-to-head record over Switzerland's Wawrinka, 34, and both players have struggled with injuries in recent years. "I certainly didn't expect to get here so soon after I started playing again, so it's a big surprise for me". "I haven't played loads of matches in the last few years so when you get to the end of the match it's always hard to serve it out", Murray added.

Both players will be bidding to win their first title since 2017 with fellow three-time major victor Wawrinka having undergone surgery on his injured knee two years ago.

Sinner, who was ranked 778 this time a year ago, can make the world top 100 next week. He sealed the win against Humbert after 2 hours, 22 minutes with an easy volley victor at the net. We've played against each other in some big matches in the past in big tournaments.

The Scot edged 6-5 in front and in the decisive game he pounced when Humbert faltered.

Copil showed great mental strength in the second set tie-break as he saved a set point, before converting his own second set point to force a decider against the three-time Grand Slam champion. He dictated more of the rallies as Humbert lost his way and moved 4-1 and 5-2 ahead before taking the contest on the first of two match points.

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