Britain’s own Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed at Wimbledon, advanced to the next round by defeating Benjamin Becker of Germany easily 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Murray is attempting to win the prestigious tournament in front of his home crowd for the first time after coming ever so close last year, when he reached the final only to loose to Roger Federer.
The Scot struggled in the first set, but after putting it away 6-4, he cruised the rest of the way and needed a little under two hours to defeat Becker.
“I thought it was a good match and it was a good start for me. He (Becker) played some solid tennis especially the first two sets and then the third set I started to play better.” Murray told the BBC after the match concluded.
This was Andy Murray’s first match on Centre Court at the All England Club after defeating Federer in a dramatic match during the London Summer Olympics in 2012 which gave England a Gold Medal.
He has struggled with inconsistent play in the past, but seems to have found his way in the last couple of years and currently holds the No. 2 seed at the tournament.
Murray won the US Open last year and has climbed in the world standings with solid play. He has spoken of feeling less pressure after achieving some important victories.
Of course, playing in his home turf is always something he enjoys and the he is one of the crowd’s favorites for his never-give-up style of play in which he literally runs after every ball no matter what the score.
Now Murray awaits Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan who is ranked No. 75 in the world. Lu beat fellow British player James Ward in a day that saw the host country struggling to get past the first round.
Andy Murray, who hails from Scotland, should have no problems dispatching Lu in the next round.
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