Andy Murray earned his first ATP Tour victory since August – with a gutsy three set win over Robin Haase.

There may have been no fans allowed inside the Rotterdam Ahoy, but the pair lit up the arena with some exhilarating all-court tennis.

The slow Dutch courts meant rallies were long, and that was reflected in the near three hour match time.

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This was a much improved Murray from the last time we saw him on court – a week ago against Egor Gerasimov in Montpellier.

But it didn’t start out that way for the Scottish star.

After winning the opening game, Murray lost the next five and conceded the opening set 6-2.

A mammoth second set looked to be heading on a similar path before Murray kicked into gear.

The man from Dunblane eventually took it 7-2 in the breaker and roared in frustration as much as celebration.

The third set was an epic too – with Haase racing into a 3-love lead – before Murray won the final six games of the match to secure an impressive victory.

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Andy Murray will be back later in the week

Andy Murray will be back in second round action later in the week – where he will face either Marcos Giron or world number eight Andrey Rublev. (ATP Rankings)

The latter would be one of the Scotsman’s biggest challenges since returning to the tour.

It is not yet clear where Murray will compete after Rotterdam.

There are three wildcard spaces available at next week’s Qatar Open – which also features a returning Roger Federer.

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However, the Open 13 ATP 250 event in Marseille may make more sense from a travel point of view.

After that, there are two simultaneous ATP 500 events in Dubai and Acapulco ahead of the season’s first Masters 1000 tournament.

Murray is likely to want to play in Miami – alongside most of the world’s best.

Then, attention will turn to the clay court season ahead of the second Slam of the year in Paris.