Andy Murray made a victorious return to Wimbledon on Monday with a dramatic four set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
It’s been four years since Murray played at Wimbledon, due to a recurring hip injury that required major surgery in 2019 which many thought would end his career.
Speculation over whether the two time Wimbledon Champion could still perform at the level needed for a serious Grand Slam challenge was rife, with doubts over his physical fitness and stamina.
But the former world number one, who entered Centre Court to rapturous applause from the home crowd, put on a show, even adding in some usual Murray-esque drama to finish the match off.
Murray looked to have the match sewn up in a straightforward manner, when he found himself two sets up and and three breaks up in the third set at 5-0.
Much to everyone’s surprise he then lost seven games in a row, with Basilashvili forcing the match into a fourth set which Murray eventually claimed, winning 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
After the match, Murray said he was very appreciative of the reception he’d received from the crowd, especially as he’d tested their nerves as well as his own.
“It’s amazing to be back out here playing again on Centre Court,” said Murray.
“It’s such a brilliant atmosphere it’s something I’ve really missed in the last 8/9 months playing in front of the fans.
“It was an amazing reception when I came out and a great atmosphere the whole match.”
Both players left the court after the third set for a brief spell for the Centre Court roof to be closed, and Murray was asked what he did during the break.
“I did well to win the fourth set as that was not easy going back in to the locker room after losing the third,” Murray said, before jokingly going into specific details.
“I went and had a shower I went to the toilet it was just a number one,” he said jokingly to laughter from the crowd.
“I was really disappointed I’d lost the third I had to remember what I was doing that got me in the winning position, cut out some of the drop shots, I think I served slightly better in the fourth an managed to turn it back around.”
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