World No. 28 and number 24 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. will take on Andy Murray of Great Britain, the world number 119, in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Andy Murray match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Andy Murray Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 29-year old Georgian, and the Scot who is five years older.
Basilashvili Finding Some Form on Grass
Although Basilashvili is one of the few players who have won more than one title in 2021, they were achieved on the hard courts of Doha and the clay of Munich. Grass is not his natural milieu as evidenced by his previous Wimbledon record – he has never been beyond the third round and, in his earlier years, even struggled to qualify.
Despite that, he may take some encouragement from his performances on grass so far this year.
In Stuttgart he reached the second round before losing to the eventual champion Marin Cilic.
And then, the following week, he travelled to Halle where he came through the qualifying competition and made it all the way to the semi-finals, before losing to Andrey Rublev, the world number seven, in a close three-set battle.
Two Time Champion Murray’s Wimbledon Return
Twice Wimbledon champion Murray is back playing at the Championship after a four-year absence, having been ruled out since due to his long standing injury problems and also the cancellation of the event last year because of the pandemic.
He has been given a wildcard to this year’s tournament, and has also been just named in the British Olympic team for the Tokyo Games next month, where he is the two-time defending champion in the men’s singles.
Despite that, British fans hoping for a recurrence of past glories are likely to be disappointed.
Although revolutionary hip surgery has helped prolong a career that appeared to be over after the Australian Open in 2019, he has been plagued by a series of other injuries since then, and that has restricted how much tennis he can play.
This will be only his fifth event of the year and the second he has played on grass. At Queen’s he beat Benoit Paire in the first-round, and then lost to the eventual champion Matteo Berrettini.
Basilashvili v Murray Prediction and Tip
Given this match is almost certain to be played on centre court, Murray can count on having the crowd behind him, and that should encourage him to produce his best tennis. His body may not be up to a sustained run in a tournament any more, but he should still be capable of a one -off victory in a match like this.