This victory was notable not just because of the quality of the tennis, but because it marks the end of a 10 month period which began with Murray retiring from the sport all together. The Brit tearfully announced his exit after a first round defeat at the Australian open, citing a hip so badly damaged it left him unable to enjoy normal day to day activities, let alone compete at the top.
One hip resurfacing operation and months of gutsy rehab later and Murray is close to his best.
Wawrink has suffered his own share of injury troubles, and started the match like a man possessed. The Swiss crashed winners from all parts of the...
This stubborn win followed another three set battle against Marius Copil in the quarterfinals on Friday night, though Murray let slip a winning position in the second set there.
Saturday’s comeback win began with Murray showing signs of tiredness after his exertions of the recent days and weeks.
The Scot struggled on serve and Humbert seized his break chance to move into a one set lead.
A break apiece in the second saw the set heading towards a tiebreak, but Murray pounced at the ideal time to level things up.
The former world number one then pulled away to victory as his serving p...
It was an encouraging performance for Murray, much improved from his opening match.
Murray had the clear upper hand in the first set, with Cuevas often under pressure on serve – he fought off seven break points. But the Brit made the crucial breakthrough at 5-4 to clinch the set.
Cuevas started the second set better, with Murray having to save four break points.
No further opportunities presented themselves for the Uruguayan though as the Brit held firm on serve.
The former world number one broke in the sixth game on route to eventual victory.
Speaking after the match, Murray said:
The Brit started brightly, cruising to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Any thoughts of a quick victory were quickly banished when Murray coughed up three double faults to hand the break back. From then on Coppejans - a wild card with a world ranking of 158 - went toe to toe with former world number one.
A break in the 10th game was enough to seal the first set, before a tiebreak was required in the second.
Murray will meet eighth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the last 16.
A row between the two players towards the end of the third set overshadowed what had been a high quality encounter. Stretching to put away a volley, Murray was enraged by Fognini deliberately shouting out in an attempt at distraction. The pair argued during the next changeover before Murray dismissed Fognini by telling him to “shut up”.
Arguments aside, Murray played his best match since coming back from hip surgery. Fognini played his usual game, hitting big shots from the baseline and attempting to dictate play. Murray found himself under immense pressure throughout, but responded with spe...
The first set was tricky for the former world number one, who was broken twice by his Argentinian opponent. Murray cut a frustrated figure, unable to convert the opportunities he had against Londero's serve.
But the Brit improved notably in the second set, breaking Londero in the Argentine's first and last service games to take the set by a commanding 6-2 scoreline.
The third set was close, with the pair exchanging breaks in the fourth and fifth games. But Murray made the decisive move in game six on route to victory – his first ATP Masters 1000 win since May 2...