Tennis

Murray wins first Australian Open match in 5 years

19 Th1 2022 | 08:42

Former world number one Andy Murray overcame the 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili after 5 sets in the first round of the Australian Open 2022 on the afternoon of January 18.

Andy Murray, struggling with injury since he made it to the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open, fought back against powerful shots from Nikoloz Basilashvili. After nearly 4 hours of competition, the Scottish player won 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 to reach the second round at Melbourne Park.

“It’s great to be back. I’ve had three, four difficult years, it took a lot of work to come back here, playing with a great atmosphere. It’s good to come back, to win a game. such a 5-set battle. I couldn’t ask for more,” ATP quoted Murray as sharing.

Murray enjoys the feeling of victory. Photo: Retuers.

Murray enjoys the feeling of victory. Photo: Retuers.

This is Murray’s second win over the 29-year-old in the past week. Before that, he beat Basilashvili in three sets, en route to his first ATP Tour level final since 2019, at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Murray last played at Melbourne Park in 2019. He lost in an emotional match to Roberto Bautista Agut in 5 sets. After that, he choked to announce his retirement in tears, and received regret from the audience.

However, after further surgery on his hip, Murray made a good recovery. He decided to return, reaching the quarterfinals at Metz and Stockholm in 2021, alongside two victories over top 10 players in the world, Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner.

“I’d love to get into the tournament if I can. That’s something I haven’t been able to do at the Grand Slams since coming back from injury. I’ve played my best tennis here over the years and feels very comfortable,” Murray said.

Murray broke the opponent’s game 9 times, while 6 times lost the break. He launched 13 direct serves, scoring the first ball at 70%. In round 2, he will face Taro Daniel of Japan. The qualifying player overcame Tomas Barrios Vera with a score of 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-1.