Andy Murray ended his 14-month winning drought and gave his hopes of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals a timely boost by claiming the Shenzhen Open title with a three-set win in China over Tommy Robredo.
The British number one survived five match points in the second set before prevailing 5-7 7-6 (11-9) 6-1 to win his first title since becoming Wimbledon champion in July 2013 and of his partnership with coach Amelie Mauresmo.
"Today was obviously an incredibly tough match, the conditions are so hard to play in," he said. "I got lucky at the end of the second set.
"I fought hard, tried my best and thankfully managed to turn it round. Tommy had a great tournament. He probably deserved to win the match today. He had the opportunities in the second set but sometimes that happens in sport. I just tried to fight till the end."
Murray stands 10th in the Race To London standings and will require strong showings in October's two ATP 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris in order to finish into the top eight, though a ninth place finish could be good enough if Rafael Nadal's injury problems persist.
The 26-year-old will first compete as a wildcard in the China Open, starting against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, this week as he attempts to qualify for the season-ending tour finals for a seventh successive year.
Having undergone back surgery last September, Murray has no points to defend during the final quarter of the year but with just a single win over a player inside the top 10 in the world this year, the Scot faces a tough task to leap into the top eight.
Australian Open and US Open champions Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Cilic respectively are fourth and fifth in the standings and are close to securing qualification, while Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic are in the remaining qualifying spots.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Nadal are already assured of a place in London.