Andy Murray off to flying start at Wimbledon 2012
Andy Murray has put on a devastating display of grass-court tennis to hammer Nikolay Davydenko and race into the second round of Wimbledon.
The fourth seed did not make a single unforced error in the first two sets as he breezed past the Russian, a former world No.3, 6-1 6-1 6-4 under grey skies on Centre Court.
Murray looked in great shape from the start and, although he could not quite sustain his level in the third set, it was more than good enough to set up a clash with either giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic or Dudi Sela of Israel.
The 25-year-old said: ‘The first two sets were very good. I got off to a great start. I’ve been waiting around since Queen’s, I’ve been itching to get going.
‘I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly today. I was hitting the ball very cleanly, I used my slice very well.’
Murray is playing in his seventh Wimbledon, and added: ‘I probably settle into matches a bit quicker than I used to. There’s been a lot of talk from a lot of people so I just wanted to start the tournament. The first round’s never easy but it was a good start.’
Any fears about Murray’s current form, he had not won a match on grass in the build-up, were allayed when he took only 55 minutes to win the first two sets and dropped only six points on his serve.
The third set was at least more of a contest, but there was no stopping Murray and he wrapped up the match on his serve to clinch victory after an hour and 34 minutes.
Meanwhile, there appears to be little hope of Brit Jamie Baker pulling off the biggest shock of his career against big serving American Andy Roddick.
Baker, ranked 161 places below his opponent, started off the match confidently, but ended up losing the first set 7-6 (7-1) and was 4-2 down in the second when rain stopped play for the day. The match will resume today on Court One.