Andy Murray Wimbledon 2021

‘Not many players would have won that fourth set’, believes Andy Murray

Andy Murray has reflected on recovering to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili after losing the third set from a 5-0 advantage in his Wimbledon singles comeback.

The two-time Wimbledon champion admitted failing to win a set from that position was something that had never happened before in his career.

The current world No. 118 broke 24th seed Basilashvili three times to take a 5-0 third set lead – before losing seven straight games to drop the set.

The 34-year-old eventually prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in his first singles match at the All England Club since 2017.

“I think I played well, up until probably 5-3 in the third set. And then, yeah I mean – that’s never happened to me before in my career,” Murray said in his post-match press conference.

“Being three breaks of serve up and two sets to love up [and losing the set]. Never had that happened before, but they’re the sort of things that can happen when you haven’t played any matches.

“Things can get away from you a little bit quick. And then, like at the end of the third set, starting to feel a little bit of fatigue and questioning – ‘if I end up losing this set, will I be okay to win in four sets or five sets?’

“Although I definitely should have finished it off sooner than what I did, I don’t think there’s that many players that won have won that fourth set.”

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