Andy Murray digs deep to earn shot at first singles title since hip surgery

Andy Murray forehand at European Open

Andy Murray will contest his first singles final since 2017 after he beat Ugo Humbert in the semi-final of the European Open in Antwerp.

Murray had to dig deep in what become something of a marathon match against the Frenchman, eventually earning a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.

The three-time Grand Slam champion, still on the road to full recovery following career-saving hip surgery in January, now faces old foe Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final in what will be his fourth match in as many days.

Murray’s clash with Humbert, 21, was his first semi-final since the 2017 French Open when he lost to Wawrinka, who recovered from a slow start to beat Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-2 in his semi-final.

The Swiss, 34, who trailed 0-2 in the first set, is bidding for his first ATP Tour title since winning the Geneva Open in 2017, while 18-year-old Sinner is the youngest semi-finalist at this level since 2014.

At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, French seventh seed Adrian Mannarino beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets to reach Sunday’s final.

Mannarino won his last-four clash 6-3 6-4 and will now play Russian sixth seed Andrey Rublev, who upset third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic 7-5 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov will play Filip Krajinovic in Sunday’s Stockholm Open final after beating Japanese lucky loser Yuichi Sugita 7-5 6-2.

Serbia’s Krajinovic, 60th in the ATP rankings, upset Spanish fifth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, hitting back after losing the opening set to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes.

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