Murray’s win in the first set of his match against 24th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili brought more cheers from the crowd. In the second case, he claimed it again. And when he looked as if he was about to stroll through the third.
Andy Murray marched out onto the Centre Court grass for the first time in four years, bringing cheers from the crowd. His thumbs up accompanied his smile.
Following his victory in the first set of his match against Nikoloz Basilashvili, he then roared his fans. He claimed the second as well. And when he seemed on the verge of a stroll through the third.
Murray’s life became complicated at that time. Having won the All England Club title in 2013, making him the first male champion there in 77 years, and again in 2016, he has since been injured and required two hip operations.
Murray was able to pull out a victory over Basilashvili by the scores of 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, much to the delight of the fans and, naturally, his own.
While Murray was interviewing on the court, the shouts kept coming, interrupting his conversation.
Murray paused as the sound from the stands reached a crescendo as he was asked if this was his last Wimbledon? Last match? “I don’t know why people keep asking about it. I want to play,” he said.
The tennis player, who resumed speaking after a short pause, said, “I am still a highly skilled player.”.
“He’s ranked 28th in the world, and I’ve hardly played any matches. And I beat him.”
Yes, I did. However, his trip to being ranked No. 1 has not been without glitches, as he is now No. 118 after failing to compete for three months.
He played six matches this season, 30 fewer than Basilashvili, whose best Grand Slam performance was reaching the fourth round of the 2018 U.S. Open.
Despite the frustration of not being able to get on the court in the last few years, Murray has kept trying, kept working hard in the gym, kept doing everything he could to get back to where he was.
“I feel fortunate I get to do it again.”
While leading 5-0 in the third set, Murray lost seven straight games after being broken three times. Despite being ahead 5-3 twice in that set, he briefly lost his way when he was just one point from winning.
My career has never seen anything like that before,” Murray said.
“I’m enjoying it and can still play at the highest level,” Murray said when he returned to speaking.
“He’s ranked 28th in the world, and I have hardly played any matches. And I beat him.”