Andy Murray was thrilled after making a winning return to the Australian Open. On Tuesday, Murray played his first Australian Open match since 2019 and won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2017. Murray, who received a wildcard for the Australian Open, beat No.
21 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-4. to progress into the second round. “It is amazing [to be back],” Murray said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It has been a tough three, four years.
I have put a lot of work to be back here and I have played on this court many times and the atmosphere has been incredible. I have always had fantastic support and this is the court I thought I potentially played my last match on.
But it is good to be back, winning a five-set battle like that. I could not ask for any more”.
Murray hopes to make a deep run
Murray is a five-time Australian Open finalist but he has never won a title at Melbourne Park.
Murray hasn't had any notable Grand Slam results since making the 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinal. “I would love to have a deep run here if possible,” Murray said. “It is something I have not had at one of the slams since I came back from the injury and it is something that motivates me.
I have played some of my best tennis here over the years and I feel comfortable here”. On Tuesday, Murray kept his focus to edge out Basilashvili in five sets. After losing the fourth set, Murray started the fifth set with a 3-0 lead.
Basilashvili got the break back in the seventh game but Murray broke the Georgian in the 10th game to seal a five-set win. Murray will be fighting against Pablo Andujar for a spot in the Australian Open third round. Murray is in a good form, having made the Sydney final last week.