Andy Murray qualified for the second round of the Australian Open 2022 thanks to a stunning five-set win against Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-1 3-6 6-4 6 (4) -7 6-4. The Scot suffered an opponent in excellent form, but showed, under pressure, a good physical and mental condition.
Moreover, in a bottom half with many supporting actors and few protagonists, there could be big surprises. After a super rally, especially played on the diagonals, Murray shocked his rival with a fantastic dropshot, which broke the rally and closed the point.
Daniil Medvedev gives absolutely no discounts to Henri Laaksonen.
Giving the crowd something to shout about 🗣@andy_murray still has wheels after nearly four hours of play! #AusOpen · #AO2022
🎥: @wwos · @espn · @Eurosport · @wowowtennis pic.twitter.com/CqDoObYDCl — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2022
After the opening game lost in service, the Russian becomes a fury and literally dominates the set (6-1), not conceding anything. In the second, the Swiss played openly and only gave up the serve once, in the fifth game: the advantage was enough for the world number 2 to win the partial 6-4.
In the third there is a need for a tie-break, which does not scare and frightens the 25-year-old from Moscow, who is good at not allowing his opponent to prolong the match.