Andy Murray overcomes Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 to reach the second round of the Australian Open.
Murray sealed a memorable victory in his first match at the Melbourne Slam since 2019, overcoming the hard-hitting Georgian in a five-set epic.
Murray will play Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round.
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“It’s been a tough three or four years,” said Murray, who looked as though he might have played his last match at the Australian Open after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut three years ago.
“I’ve put in a lot of work to get back here. I played on this court many times and the atmosphere is incredible and I’ve always had fantastic support.

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“This is the one where I thought I’d potentially played my last match three years ago but it’s amazing to be back and winning a five-set battle like that, couldn’t ask for any more.”
Basilashvili framed a serve into the crowd in the second game of the opening set and it appeared to rattle the Georgian. Murray reeled off six games in a row as Basilashvili made 18 unforced errors in the 23 minute set.
The No 21 seed was far better in the second set and less error-prone. Murray's serve let him down and Basilashvili capitalised by converting the three break points on offer to take it in 42 minutes.
Momentum swung wildly in a tightly-contested third set which lasted 58 minutes. Basilashvili recovered from a break down to make it 3-3 before Murray broke the Georgian's serve again.
At 5-4 down, Basilashvili saved three set points to ensure Murray would have to serve out for the set and he did so with Basilashvili sending a wild backhand wide.
Murray appeared to dip midway through the fourth set and went 4-2 down, but the Scot broke back instantly and the two battled it out to a tie-break. In the tie-break the Georgian raced to a 5-1 lead and finally forced the decider on his fourth set point.
Murray did not give up, though, and quickly raced into a 3-0 lead in the deciding set with Basilashvili flagging. But with Murray 4-2 up, Basilashvili broke back after an epic 30-shot rally to get back on serve.
With both players looking exhausted it was Murray who broke through with three match points on the Basilashvili serve at 5-4 up. Basilashvili saved two of them but Murray converted the third to wrap up a classic on John Cain Arena.

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