Andy Murray was in tears after winning his first ATP tournament since recovering from hip surgery, beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open.
The former world number one has had an injury ravaged few years and had not tasted success on tour since 2017, but came from a set down to beat the Swiss in Antwerp.
Sir Andy, 32, lost 6-3 in the first set, but battled back to win the second 6-4 and the third by the same margin.
It was a remarkable comeback for Murray in more ways than one, having revealed plans to retire earlier this year because of a “severely damaged” hip that had been causing him pain “for a number of years”.
He underwent an operation in January in what was seen as a final throw of the dice to save his career, and he made a stunning return to tennis by winning the doubles at Queen’s alongside Feliciano Lopez in June.
But success over three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka was the greatest milestone yet of his comeback, and the tears soon flowed as the significance of his achievement dawned on him.
Wawrinka was twice a break ahead in the third set, but Murray dug in and hit back immediately both times before saving two more break points at 4-4 to leave Wawrinka serving to stay in the match.