Murray v Davydenko - a first round match up that had Murray fans biting their nails with nerves long before the match started.
However, after all the questions as to Murray’s fitness, preparation and general ability, Murray came out and powered through 3 sets of entertaining tennis against the world no 47 with barely an unforced error. He gave the Russian no chance to really get into the match and won the match 6-1 6-1 6-4.
Both players looked solid in their opening service games, but Murray was then offered a break point which he took advantage of and stormed ahead early on in the set.
Murray fans then held their breath as the Brit served in the next game, but Murray broke the pattern of recent weeks and held serve to consolidate the break.Read more (192 words)
All Murray’s shots were on fire, with outstanding forehands and backhands. While Murray was on form, Davydenko was struggling. After holding serve in his opening service game he then dropped serve the rest of the set, and Murray took the set 6-1.
The second serve followed a similar pattern, with entertaining and mouth-watering rallies but the Murray was playing sublimely. Murray gave a master class in grass court tennis which left Davydenko unable to do anything in return.
Murray powered through the set and repeated the score of the first set 6-1 with no hesitation.
Davydenko managed to finally get his foot in the door in the third set, pulling together 4 games in the set, for a more respectable sounding 6-4 set.
Murray’s victory took only 1 hour 35 minutes as he completely dominated his talented but overwhelmed opponent.
This was the perfect start to Murray’s Wimbledon campaign and after all the weeks of preparing and waiting he looks keen to get on with the challenge. There was virtually nothing to be faulted in Murray’s tennis today, and he looked confident and aggressive which will ally some fears among his fans.