First singles win for Murray since return

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Sep 2019

Andy Murray called it "one of the toughest wins I've had" after grinding out his first singles victory on the ATP Tour since hip surgery in January.

The former world No 1 looked exhausted after his 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 win over Tennys Sandgren at the Zhuhai Championships.

A three-time Grand Slam winner but now ranked 413 in the world, the 32-year-old Briton has competed mostly in doubles since his surgery and recently played singles on the lower-level Challenger Tour.

He faces seventh seed Alex de Minaur of Australia in the second round after coming through a physically demanding test lasting more than 2 1/2 hours.

After Zhuhai, the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters, Murray will return to Europe to compete in Antwerp next month.

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