And Murray enjoyed a routine 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over Benjamin Becker to advance to the second round of Wimbledon. The Scot's progression was in stark contrast to the drama taking place on Court One where Steve Darcis's unlikely victory over Nadal removed a significant roadblock from the world number two's route to the final.
Becker and Murray had met just two weeks ago in the quarter final at Queens, where the Scot triumphed in straight sets. The German, 32, never really troubled the Murray, who took a little under two hours to record his 107th Slam victory. In doing so the world number two overtook Fred Perry to become the most successful British player in history.
The Scot endured an early storm from his opponent, saving a break point in the opening game with a big serve and volley combination. Murray began to turn the screw, and earned his first break point in the fourth game. A tame approach shot from Becker stood up invitingly and Murray tucked in, creaming a backhand up the line. An unforced backhand error sealed the break.Read more (142 words)
Becker weathered more pressure from Murray in his next service game, saving two break points with some big shots. The Scot then played a loose service game of his own, shipping errors to slip two break points down. The first was saved with a big groundstroke, but a double-fault on the second ceded the advantage. Any glimmers of hope for the German were quickly extinguished though and Murray broke for a second time to take the set.
With the first set under his belt Murray upped his game. Becker held on until 3-4, but finally wilted and quickly found himself two sets to love down. Murray, scenting victory, began to go for his shots and cantered through the third set.
Murray will meet Yen Hsun-Lu in the second round. The world number 75, from Taiwan, beat James Ward in the first round.