The Brit got off to a disastrous start and was never able to turn it around, as he struggled to deal with Dimitrov’s powerful serve and all-round aggressive game. A heavily error-strewn display saw Murray make 37 unforced errors in a performance where he never really got going.
The match started fairly routinely, with Murray almost breaking in the opening game before holding to love. But sadly for the Brit it didn’t get any better than that, as a myriad of tame errors combined with some clever pl...
The Brit looked well in control for the first hour or so, dominating the 20th seed and pulling him around the not-so-plush Wimbledon centre court like a ragdoll. But after a brief shower caused the roof to be closed mid-way through the second set, the South African regrouped, and returned in a far more aggressive manner as he looked to find a way back into the match. But Murray was relentless, and eventually sealed the victory on his first match point in another exceptional display of attacking tennis, hitting just shy of 50 winners to just 12 unforced errors.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is one of the most improved players on the ATP tour, enjoying a rapid rise in the rankings from 73 in January to his current career high of 23. He entered Wimbledon with confidence, having won his first career title on the grass courts of 's-Hertogenbosch. But Murray had all the answers to his game today, attacking the Spaniard's weaker serve, pummelling groundstrokes, defending superbly and hitting 44 winners on route to a straight sets win.
Bautista Agut began confidently with a love hold. A 24 stroke rally started Murray's first service game, and aggressive hitting into the corners followed by a lob gave the Spaniard a 0-30 lead. But Mu...
Rola started well, dispatching a crisp forehand winner on the very first point. But Murray broke right away, thanks to a double fault and some relentless bullying of the world number 92’s backhand.
At 0-2, the Slovenian got his name on the scoreboard with a deft lob and some crunching lefty forehands. But the Scot was always in control and he produced his full furious repertoire in wrapping up the first set 6-1.
The second set showed us more of the same, ...
Goffin, ranked 105 in the world, has achieved only three tour victories on grass and his relative inexperience on the surface showed. The Belgian struggled with his movement, falling heavily several times and failing to deal with the low bounce.
Murray started flawlessly, breaking twice in a one sided first set. Goffin became more competitive as the match progressed, eventually earning two break points in the fourth game of the third set. That was as good as it got for the diminutive Belgian. Murray snuffed out the danger and held serve.
Goffin, the world number 104, is a credible talent, but his best results have come on clay. In the second round, Murray will play either world number 79 Pablo Andujar or 91st-ranked Blaz Rola, neither of whom should pose undue problems on the grass.
In fact, Murray’s first real test is likely to be in the fourth round, in which he could come up against the solid, big-serving Kevin Anderson. Potential quarter-final opponents are last Sunday’s Aegon champion Grigor Dimitrov or Spanish scrapper David Ferrer.
Rogers Cup, Toronto: 4 - 10 August