Nikoloz Basilashvili praises Andy Murray following Wimbledon clash

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Nikoloz Basilashvili praises Andy Murray following Wimbledon clash

Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili praised Andy Murray following their Wimbledon clash. Basilashvili, seeded at No. 24, suffered a loss on the opening day of Wimbledon as wildcard Murray won 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-3 to progress into the Wimbledon second round.

Murray was playing his first singles match at Wimbledon since 2017. Since 2017, Murray has had two major hip surgeries. On Monday, Murray earned his first singles win at The Championships since 2017. "It's an unbelievable effort I think for him after surgery, after so many comebacks to come back and fight.

He fights unbelievably, and I was expecting that. We all know how big [of a] fighter he is on court," Basilashvili said. "Well done to him."

Murray prevented Basilashvili from making a comeback

Murray earned the first break of the match in the 10th game to win the opener.

In the second set, Murray broke Basilashvili in the eighth game and served out for a two-set lead in the ninth game. Murray started the third set with three consecutive breaks and a 5-0 lead but then lost his serve four times in a row as Basilashvili forced a fourth set.

The match was then suspended and after the play resumed, Murray won the fourth set to prevent Basilashvili from making a comeback. "I definitely should have finished it up a lot sooner than what I did," Murray said.

"[But] I don't think there are that many players that would have won that fourth set. "I think I played well up until probably 5-3 in the third set. That's never happened to me before in my career, being three breaks, a serve up and two sets to love up.

Never had that happen before. But [those are] the sorts of things that can happen when you haven't played any matches. Things can get away from you a little bit quick."