"It means a lot,” Murray said. “The past few years have been extremely difficult. Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems in the past couple of years. Amazing to be back playing against him in a final like that. I think it was a great match. I didn't expect to be in this position at all, so I'm very happy."
"Andy's an amazing champion"
Wawrinka was disappointed not to have won his first title since his two knee surgeries in 2017 but he found time to congratulate Murray’s achievements.
“He's an amazing champion, he's part of the big four, he's one of the top players to ever play this sport. He's won everything possible on the tennis court. He's a big champion, always a fighter. He's coming back already from hip surgery….at that level, it's something amazing."
What will please Murray is that his level of tennis remained so high throughout a gruelling match.
“This is one of the biggest wins that I've had after everything," said Murray. "I'm very proud of the win this week and I've enjoyed my time here."
Murray’s win lifted his ranking up to No 127 but the confidence gained from living with one of the best and winning a title, pain-free, is surely worth far more than the ranking points.