Andy Murray will make a poignant return to Wimbledon after announcing he will play doubles at the All England Club.
"He hasn't played much doubles, but when he played he did very well", added the 37-year-old.
He told the BBC immediately after the match that he felt the nerves. The light was fading, the sap was rising, the grass was becoming a little greasy.
Crucially, Murray felt in good shape afterwards, with no pain in his hip.
Kyrgios lost his second-round match a few hours later, though, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Auger-Aliassime. I love playing on this court, it's a brilliant place to play tennis. "That's what you need". "The most important thing is that Andy is healthy and back on court". Murray and Melo may not have many matches together under their belt but both have proven capable of playing high-level tennis on grass.
"Over the a year ago or two, when you look back at matches you've played and enjoyed, the Davis Cup matches have often been the ones that have been quite special in terms of atmosphere and stuff".
At the end of a first set that went with serve, a ferocious forehand from Murray clipped the net tape on its way past Cabal and clinched the tiebreaker.
Murray said he had learned quite a bit from the match.
"Marc and I had immediately contacted the TIU [Tennis Integrity Unit] to fully cooperate, and they confirmed that there had been no investigation about that match at Wimbledon 2017". Whereas now I feel like although I'm not, you know, at my best kind of physically, I feel like I'm always making improvements and I have, you know, no pain.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a laboured 28 and Hardik Pandya could not reproduce his trademark power-hitting. Shami then clean-bowled Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to seal a nerve-jangling win with a hat-trick.
"It was cool for me to see that, you know?" But I feel optimistic about the future.
That's been on aeroplanes, because I get butterflies and sweaty palms when I take off on flights.
However, Murray is not reinventing himself as a doubles player. After some thought, however, he and his team changed their minds.
"I started to play better in the second and have zero discomfort in my hip which would not have been the case previous year, I would have been aching and throbbing".
His fight to become world number one and a three-time Grand Slam champion took a big toll on his body, but this was a Murray who certainly looked "pain-free" as he suggested earlier this month. Then we tried to play doubles.
"I just don't think, at this level of sport, that we should have line judges and umpires that aren't making the right decisions".
The reason, in fact, was rather prosaic.
"I want to thank Andy for playing with me this week".
However, one suspects it will not be too long before a WTA players raises their hand...