Murray powers into Wimbledon second round

Updated: 23 June 2010 08:10 IST

British fourth seed Andy Murray advanced to the second round at Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 win against the Czech Republic's Jan Hajek on Tuesday.

Murray powers into Wimbledon second round

Wimbledon, London :

British fourth seed Andy Murray advanced to the second round at Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 win against the Czech Republic's Jan Hajek on Tuesday.

Murray could be forgiven for feeling slightly apprehensive as he returned to Wimbledon for the first time since his agonising semi-final defeat to Andy Roddick 12 months ago.

The 23-year-old had a golden chance to reach his first Wimbledon final last year in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, but he fell just short after losing in four sets to Roddick.

A year later and, as usual at Wimbledon, it falls to Murray to carry the weight of a nation's expectations on his shoulders.

On this evidence the world number four looks capable of coping with the pressure as he recovered from a slow start to brush Hajek aside.

"Obviously winning in straight sets in the first round is good. I thought it was a good performance," Murray said.

"The start of the match was tough but I started to play a lot better once I got the break in the first set.

"I went for my shots more after that and dictated the rallies. I played well in the second and third sets."

Murray is the only realistic hope of a British champion, but he has been stuck in something of a rut lately and has failed to get past the quarter-finals in eight events since losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final.

His pride may have been dented before his Wimbledon campaign even started when he discovered All England Club officials had scheduled his match for Court One rather than Centre Court.

Being pushed onto the lesser court wouldn't take Murray out of the spotlight though and a packed arena watched on as he made a nervous start.

Murray allowed Hajek to move 3-1 ahead as some poor shot selection led him to drop serve.

But the Scot was clearly capable of overwhelming the world number 90 once he got into his rhythm and he gradually did just that.

Murray broke back to 4-4 and pushed home his advantage to take the first set as Hajek sprayed two forehands carelessly wide of the mark.

That proved the turning point. With momentum now firmly in his favour, Murray broke again in the second game of the second set and quickly established a two-set lead.

Hajek needed treatment on his back before the start of the third set and Murray, scenting that his opponent's resolve was crumbling, went for the kill.

He broke Hajek's serve immediately and, with his own serve now looking impregnable, the British number one sealed the win with the minimum fuss.

Topics : Tennis Andy Murray
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