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.