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Andy Murray wins in his first championship since 2019 and earns the top position in five years

Andy Murray, a former world number one, won the ATP Challenger Tour 175 tournament in Aix-en-Provence on May 7, earning his first victory since 2019. To win the championship, the seasoned Scottish Tennis player defeated top-seeded No. 17 Tommy Paul 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Murray also achieved his best ATP ranking in the previous five years, moving up significantly from No. 52 to No. 42.
On April 27, the three-time Grand Slam winner was eliminated from the ATP Madrid Open. He began the Challenger tour in the Round of 32, winning four contests to get to the championship match against Tommy Paul. Nine break chances were converted by Murray throughout the game, and he won 68 percent of his second serve points in Province.
Murray won his third Challenger championship here, his first since the Binghamton Challenger in 2005 when he was only 18 years old. The greatest time span between two Challenger championships won by any player is 17 years. Murray last won a championship in 2019, winning the ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp. This was his first victory on a clay court since winning the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome in 2016.
Murray rose from No. 52 to No. 42, marking his best ATP ranking in the previous five years. From July 2008 to October 2017, Murray spent ten weeks in the top 10 and held the No. 1 spot for 41 weeks. After his notorious hip surgery in January 2018, he was rated No. 39 in May 2018. Murray made a successful comeback to tennis in June 2018 and has risen impressively to No. 42 since then.
Murray thanked fans for their overwhelming support of him throughout the tournament in France as well as his staff for helping him through his injury struggles.
“My game has been a little bit of a struggle over the last year or so. But [my team] has been there for me, encouraging me and helping me strive towards improvement. From here, we go forward. The supporters that showed up this week were the most significant aspect. The atmosphere was fantastic from the first match to the very last. The local community's support is crucial for these competitions, and you guys showed up even before the competition began, Murray stated during the Trophy presentation.

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