ANDY Murray has won his first singles title since returning to tennis following hip surgery.

The Scottish tennis ace beat Stanislav Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the European Open title.

He fought back from a set and a break down to defeat the Swiss national.

In an emotional interview on court after his victory, Murrray said: "It means a lot. Last few years have been extremely difficult.

"Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems in the last couple of years. It's amazing to be back, playing against him in the final like that. I think it was a great match.

"Stan was playing unbelievable. I just managed to hang in a bit at the end of the second set and the third set was extremely close again.

"I didn't expect to be in this position at all. I'm happy, very happy."

The 32-year-old, who is expecting his third child imminently with wife, later joked that he had to get back on tour to stop his family expanding "out of control". 

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The couple already have two daughters, aged one and three. 

He said: "I've got two young kids and a third one coming - that's three kids under four years old.

"When I've been off the tour my family has got bigger so I need to get back on the road so we don't get out of control!

"My wife has been a huge support for getting me back."

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It is the first ATP Tour title since 2017 for the Scot, who is a two times Wimbledon champion and former US Open champion. 

Murray's professional career looked to be over earlier this year when he admitted in a tearful press conference at the Australian Open that he was struggling to play through the pain of a debilitating hip injury. 

Weeks later, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery in London which he later described as "life-changing", saying it had left him pain-free. 

In the summer, he returned to competitive tennis for the first time playing mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon. 

The pair were knocked out in the third round, but it marked a major turning point for the former champion. 

Murray's victory was hailed by friends, colleagues and fans including Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who dubbed him the comeback king.