Andy Murray has booked his place in the 2nd round of Wimbledon after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
As we have witnessed in recent years at SW19, the opening rounds are not necessarily always plain sailing for the top 4. Just ask Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who were both extended to 5 sets in 2010. Still, very few would have predicted a similar scare for the British number 1, particularly in light of his opponent's less than stellar form throughout 2011. The apparently toothless Daniel Gimeno-Traver seemed to be an ideal opponent for Murray, as the Scot prepared himself for more formidable opposition over the coming fortnight.
The match started predictably enough, with the British number 1 holding comfortably and putting pressure on the serve of his unheralded opponent. The Spaniard was able to resist the pressure being applied and worked his way into the match. Feeling he had nothing to lose, Gimeno-Traver began to assault every ball that came his way in a fashion that led one to wonder what heinous crime each had committed. For his part, Murray seemed content to remain solid, likely believing that the Spaniard's level would at some point drop. Gimeno-Traver had other ideas, as he continued to crush forehands en route to breaking Murray in the 9th game, before serving out the opening set. Read more (155 words)
At the start of the 2nd set, Gimeno-Traver picked up where he had left off, raining down huge serves and dominating the rallies with his club-like forehand. One almost expected Pascal Maria to request that the lines be re-painted between games, such was the Spaniard's mixture of power and depth. Amidst all this, Murray was showing signs of frustration at his inability to break, unleashing a fusillade of abuse at anyone who would listen. To his credit, the Scot hung in there and finally took his chance in the 8th game of the 2nd set, following it up with a comfortable hold to level the match.
From this point on, it was all one way traffic. Gimeno-Traver's belief evaporated, as Murray donned his bakers hat and fed the Spaniard a couple of bagels over the final 2 sets to book his place in round 2, where he will face either Tobias Kamke or Blaz Kavcic.