Andy Murray news: Scot makes emotional return and admits ‘I would love to have a deep run here’

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Andy Murray in action

Andy Murray delivered a moving, emotional performance as he marked his return to Melbourne after a three-year absence at the Australian Open.

The 34-year-old Scot returned to the court where he had virtually retired three years ago and defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets to reach the second round of the hard-court Grand Slam.

The former world No 1 slugged it out for three hours and 52 minutes to beat the 21st seed.

Ranked 113, the three-time Grand Slam champion, who is playing as a tournament wildcard

“It was amazing. It has been a tough three or four years. I’ve put in a lot of work to get back here. I have played on this court many times and the atmosphere is incredible. I have always had fantastic support, he said during the court post-match interview.

“This is where I thought I had potentially played my last match three years ago but it is amazing to be back, winning a five-set battle like that. I couldn’t ask for any more.”

Murray will take on Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round. He said he played some of his best tennis in Australia.

Murray added: “I would love to have a deep run here, if possible. It is something I have not had in one of the Slams since I came back from injury and it is something that is motivating me.

“I have played some of my best tennis here over the years. I feel comfortable here and I hope I can do it here this tournament.”

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