I tend to go along with the view that the score doesn't do justice to the match. There were some long, nail-biting games which certainly couldn't be called a stroll. Andy did very well in coming through against an opponent who, although not on his best form, had the potential to cause problems. There's no doubt that Andy has benefited greatly from the increased support he's been getting since the Wimbledon final. From the Daily Mail -
That famous display of emotion has done the 25-year-old Scot no harm, and the ovation that greeted his return to Centre Court spoke of a warmth towards him that has not been so evident before.
‘The support I got from people I bumped into in the street, from politicians and celebrities, was overwhelming after the final and I’m not really used to that,’ said Murray, who now meets Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen. I understand that in the past it wasn’t that easy to get behind me because I didn’t look particularly happy on court.'
'Before and during Wimbledon I felt like I had grown up a bit and that my demeanour was better. All the support afterwards was great for my confidence and made me want to get back to work. Last week I was so pumped to play that it was almost like I was peaking too early. There is a real motivation in wanting to help the team medal count here.’
I love this, it's so positive. I can't explain it really, but Andy just looks good to me. I really do feel so much that he is growing up in front of us. I have to say that I've never been bothered by his demeanour before, at least not in itself, but it's the message it sends out to opponents that I think is the point. Andy looks to me like a man on something of a mission now, a man who looks for a way in, not a way out. I also think that positive energy takes less out of you that negativity, and even gives you that bit extra, which has to help. It's all good.