Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray can't understand why people keep asking him about retirement as he plans to continue his career after Wimbledon. On Monday, Murray started his Wimbledon campaign as he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-3 to reach the second round.
"I don't know why people keep asking me if this is my last tournament or match. I'm gonna keep playing. I wanna play. He is top 30 in the world. I hardly play any match this year and I beat him," Murray said, per Jose Morgado.
Murray earned the first break of the match in the 10th game of the first set to win the opener. In the second set, Murray broke Basilashvili in the eigth game before serving out for the set in the ninth game. Murray appeared to be cruising toward a straight-set win but he blew a 5-0 lead in the third set.
The match was then suspended and it helped Murray to regroup and clear his mind. After returning to the court, Murray won the fourth set to prevent Basilashvili from making a comeback win.
Murray took his time to clear his mind
"I went and had a shower.
I went to the toilet. Just a number one. Yeah, I was really disappointed but I had to remember what I was doing that got me into the winning position... managed to turn it back around," Murray said, per George Bellshaw. On Friday, Murray practiced with Roger Federer.
“Getting to play with Roger was really cool for me. They're the sort of things that probably like six, seven years ago I wouldn't have given any thought to it,” Murray said. “I would have seen that as just being a practice session pre-major with a top player, and focusing kind of on myself.
“I'm probably appreciating these things more. When I take a step back from that, as a tennis fan, getting to play with Roger Federer two days before Wimbledon, it's really great." Federer also enjoyed practicing with Murray.
“It was very nice sharing the court again with Andy,” Federer said. “We were trying to think when [was] the last time we shared a practice court together. I thought it was the Australian Open in 2005 or something.
He thought it was maybe Rome in 2006. We didn't do it for a long time. “I hope he can go deep here, have a nice run. Same for me. I think we always back our chances on this surface. But it was great spending time on the court again with Andy. It's nice to see him out there."