Andy Murray beats Nikoloz Basilashvili, his first Wimbledon win since 2017

At the age of 34, world’s 118th Andy Murray made his first match since losing the quarterfinals in 2017 against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (28th) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 at Wimbledon on Monday. won from

At the age of 34, world’s 118th Andy Murray made his first match since losing the quarterfinals in 2017 against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (28th) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 at Wimbledon on Monday. won from

“It’s great to be back to play on center court in such an environment”, rejoiced the double winner of the Major on Grass (2013 and 2016).

Like his prime, Murray won the third set by two set zeros and 5–0. But even though he served three times for the match and got two match points at 5-3, that couldn’t stop the Georgians from winning 7 games in a row and winning the set.

The meeting was interrupted to allow the roof to be closed when night fell.

Andy Murray of Britain during his first round match against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Wimbledon tournament on June 28, 2021 in London

Glyn Kirk – AFP

And on his return, Murray was able to close the game on his fourth match point with public support.

“I’m always asked + Is this your last Wimbledon, your last game? + No! I will keep playing. I want to play. I love it. I can always play at the highest level. He (Basilashvili) Ranked in the top 30 in the world and even though I’ve only played a few matches, I beat him. So I keep going!”, launched the ex-world No. 1 to a happy audience.

Murray, a two-time Olympic champion, is fighting to regain his best level after undergoing hip surgery in January 2018 and a recent groin injury.

He will next face Frenchman Arthur Rinderknecht (109th) or German Oscar Otte (151st).

AFP / Wimbledon (United Kingdom) (AFP) / © 2021 AFP

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