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

Andy Murray, 118th in the world at age 34, won his first Wimbledon match on Monday since his 2017 quarter-final elimination, against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili (28) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Andy Murray, 118th in the world at age 34, won his first Wimbledon match on Monday since his 2017 quarter-final elimination, against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili (28) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

“It’s great to be back, playing on Central Court in such an atmosphere,” rejoiced the double-winner Major on turf (2013 and 2016).

As in his prime, Murray went two sets to zero and 5-0 in the third. But although he served three times for the match and took two match points with a score of 5-3, he could not prevent the Georgian from lining up 7 games in a row and winning the set.

Then the meeting was interrupted to allow the roof to close as night fell.

Britain’s Andy Murray, during his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, on June 28, 2021 at Wimbledon in London.

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On the other hand, Murray, with the support of the public, was able to finish the match, on the fourth match point.

“He always asks me + Is this your last Wimbledon match, your last? + No! I will keep playing. I want to play. I love it. I can always play at the highest level. He (Basilashvili) is ranked in the top 30 in the world and despite I only played a few matches, but I beat him. So I’m on to it!”, fired the former World No. 1 to a happy audience.

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Two-time Olympic champion Murray is fighting back to his best after hip surgery in January 2018 and a recent thigh injury.

In the next round, he will face Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech (109) or Germany’s Oscar Ooty (151), both of whom are qualifiers.

AFP / Wimbledon (UK) (AFP) / © 2021 AFP

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