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“A little more muscle. A little less hair,” Andy Murray wins challenger title after 17 years, mother Judy Murray reacts

This was also the Brit's first clay final since the 2016 French Open and first win on clay since winning Rome ATP Masters 1000 event in 2016.

Andy Murray clinched his first challenger title after 17 years when he emerged victorious at the ATP Challenger Tour 175 by defeating Tommy Paul 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the final in Aix-en-Provence, in France, on Sunday (May 7). This was also the Brit’s first clay final since the 2016 French Open and first win on clay since winning Rome ATP Masters 1000 event in 2016.

Murray converted nine break points to win the match, which took an hour and 54 minutes to defeat Paul in that newly introduced 175 categories. This was also the 35-year-old’s first title at any level since Antwerp 2019 (ATP 250).

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“This last year, 18 months has been a bit of a struggle with my game. But [my team] have been there supporting me and working with me to try and get better,” Murray said during the trophy presentation. “We keep going from here.”

En route to the final, the three-time Grand Slam winners beat Frenchman Gail Monfils, Laurent Lokoli, Luca Van Assche, and Harold Mayot.

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Andy Murray climbed to No. 42 in ATP Rankings

After the win, ATP Challenger Tour shared a tweet featuring Murray winning the challener tour in 2005 and his recent win in 2024. “17 years, 8 months. The longest gap between Challenger titles in history!” ATP Challenger Tour wrote.

Reacting to the same, Judy Murray wrote: “A little more muscle. A little less hair. But the same fighting qualities…..”

The Scot also earned his third Top-20 win of this season. He climbed to No. 42 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

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Gouri Das
Gouri Dashttp://thesportslite.com
Gouri Das is a tennis writer at The Sportslite. She started following tennis after reading about Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam victories. Djokovic and Andy Murray are her favorite players. She also follows cricket closely.

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