Andy Murray won his first match in half a year on Monday as he recovered from  0-3 down in the final set before a finishing sprint which earned a 2-6, 7-(2), 6-3 win into the second round of the ATP Rotterdam event.

The former No. 1 now ranked 123 eliminated a Dutch sentimental favourite in Robin Haase, playing his home event for a 13th time.

Murray last posted an ATP-level victory last September 1 in the US Open first round; he drove the point home with 33 winners including six aces over the two and-a-half-hour duration.

The hip injury victim Scot was playing only his second Tour match of the season after being barred from boarding a flight to Australia following a positive COVID-19 test.

Murray defeated Haase for the fifth time in six career matches; but his only loss in the series came here in 2008.

The winner will wait for the Tuesday outcome of a match between fourth seed Andrey Rublev or American qualifier Marcos Giron.

Main photo:- Andy Murray celebrates victory in first round match at ABN AMRO Rotterdam, by ATP


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