ANDY MURRAY has won his first tennis title since 2019.
The Brit won the ATP Challenger event in Aix-en-Provence, France after beating Tommy Paul.
Andy Murray has won his first title since 2019
The Scotsman battled from a set down to beat American Tommy Paul
Murray battled back from a set down against the American to win 6-1, 1-6, 2-6.
The 35-year-old, who is playing with a metal hip, had not scored a win since his triumph in Antwerp, Belgium in October 2019.
And thanks to his win over world number 17 Paul, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open earlier this year, the Scot has ensured he has returned to the top 50 in the rankings.
Murray had breezed past his previous opponents following a premature exit at the ATP Tour event in Madrid, which had prompted his late wild card entry into the tournament.
But in the final the quality was lifted, with 25-year-old Paul coasting the first set.
However, Murray soon got his engine running, winning the first five games in the second set including two break serves.
Murray then broke Paul’s serve in the opening game to set him on his way to a first Challenger event title in 18 years.
Speaking after the event, Murray said: “Hi everyone, just wanted to send you a message to say a big thank you for all your support.
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“It’s great to win the tournament here in Aix-en-Provence.
“It was a really strong tournament with some top players here.
“So very very happy to get the win and we keep on going next week.”
Murray will now decide whether to go to Rome for another warm-up event or rest ahead of the French Open, which starts on May 22.