Andy Murray sure he can play at top level again after Wimbledon drama

Andy Murray said he had proved he could still play top level tennis after he beat No 24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a dramatic first-round encounter at Wimbledon last night,

The two-time champion, back on Centre Court in singles for the first time in four years, with a metal right hip, let slip a 5-0 lead in the third set but bounced back in the fourth to record a superb victory.

“I keep getting asked, is this going to be my last Wimbledon, are you going to stop playing?” Murray said.

“No. I am going to keep playing, I want to play, I’m enjoying it and I can still play at the highest level. He’s ranked 28 in the world. I’ve hardly played any matches and I beat him.”

Murray said he had used the time when the roof was closed at the end of the third set to regroup.

“I went and had a shower. I went to the toilet. Just a number one,” he said, as the crowd laughed.

“I was obviously really disappointed I lost the third set. I had to remember what it was I was doing that had got me in a winning position, I cut out some of the drop shots and I think I served a bit better and I turned it around.”

Murray said he had loved being back on the court, four years after he had limped off after a quarter-final defeat by Sam Querrey, when his hip was at his most painful.

“It’s amazing to be back out here playing again on Centre Court,” he said. “Such a brilliant atmosphere, it’s something that since I came back to play, in the last eight, nine months, I’ve really missed playing in front of a crowd.”

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