Andy Murray coasted into the third round of Wimbledon with a straightforward 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 win against Robin Haase in just 87 minutes today.
The Brit broke early and never looked back, showing little sign of faltering and stepping it up when he needed to. Murray faced just the one break point all match, and hit 25 winners to 11 unforced errors.
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Haase started bright with a love game, but it proved to be the only game he’d win for another 40 minutes as he was totally outclassed by the third seed.
Murray broke in game three after the Dutchman went long with a forehand and looked to be in a confident mood on Court 1. The Scot broke again just two games later – firing a stunning winner off a poorly hit Haase smash en route before sealing the double break with a sumptuous lob.
Another stream of errors off the Haase racquet handed Murray the opening set, and he broke immediately in set two after a giant shank from the world 78. The Dutchman finally ended the rut in the fourth game of set two – having lost the previous nine – but it proved to be only a minor consolation as Murray continued to pull the strings.
The world number three was in complete control and soon had his fifth break of serve after a stunning backhand that Haase could only slice back into the net. Another Haase error and it was two sets to love, with barely 50 minutes on the clock.
The Dutchman finally seemed to find his game in set three, but the resurgence proved a case of too little, too late. Murray had to dig out of a hole early in the set – aided by a stunning touch volley at the net – and then had 0-30 in the following game after a beautiful top spin forehand swerved well beyond Haase’s reach. The Dutchman responded well though, fending off the danger with a delightful drop shot followed by a cross court winner.
Haase’s resistance finally faltered in game seven, gifting Murray the break with a wild forehand. There was a brief moment of humour in the next game as the Dutchman stormed the net after a lofty return that barely cleared it, but Murray was not to be fazed and smashed the ball past him to move 5-3 ahead.
And the Scot opened up match points with three successive passing winners, before sealing the deal with a rasping cross court backhand that Haase could only just get a racquet on.
Murray will take on Halle finalist Andreas Seppi in the third round. The Brit has won all six of their previous meetings, most recently in the Davis Cup last May.