And the most ridiculous came in the second point of the third game when Basilashvili mis-timed his second serve so badly it flew into the stands with the score at 1-1.
Murray won seven games in a row from 0-1 down before the Georgian, who had lost his last five matches, started to find his range.
He raced to a 4-1 lead and levelled the match at one set all after 65 minutes with a forehand cross-court winner. In this set he hit 16 winner and made 15 unforced errors.
The third set was a titanic tussle with Murray breaking to lead 3-2 after a 10-minute Basilashvili service game with his fourth break point.