Murray’s hip has been the subject of fierce debate throughout these championships. The Scot had done his best to hide the extent of the injury. But there was no disguising it today, as he hobbled between points and leant on his racket.
Murray started brightly enough, taking the first eight points. The top seed consolidated that break to take the first set 6-3.
At 3-3 in the second set, a double-fault from Querrey followed by a crosscourt backhand and a drilled pass down the line from Murray earned a break of serve. The Scot seemed set fair for an e...
The serve is usually dominant on grass, but four breaks were exchanged in an enthralling opening set. Paire is an unorthodox player, and his variety initially caused Murray problems. Booming groundstrokes were interspersed with delicate volleys, the occasional drop shot and plenty of unforced errors.
The Brit eventually found some rhythm and galloped through the tiebreak before opening up a 2-0 lead in the second set. Paire broke back to level the score at 3-3, but Murray broke again for a 5-4 lead. The Brit wobbled serving for the set, but defended four break points before finally getting over the line.
Fognini's shotmaking flair certainly made things tough and he threatened to take it to a decider. But the Brit's more consistent play helped him to close out the match in four sets, much to the delight of the Centre Court crowd.
The first set was straightforward for the top seed, closing it out with two breaks after the Italian double-faulted twice.
But a poor first set often doesn't count much for the Italian, often a wildly inconsistent player. He regrouped and began to put pressure on the Murray serve, with the pair exchanging breaks to start the second set.
A Rasta boy in tennis whites is about as incongruous a sight as you’ll see on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, and his brand of tennis is equally idiosyncratic, yet effective enough to have dispatched Rafael Nadal here two years ago.
But Murray was having none of his tricks and tumbles. Despite the odd diving backhand dive volley (degree of difficulty 4.7), Brown could do nothing against Murray’s castle-like defence, allowing Brown just 14 points on his serve and committing only five unforced errors.
The low error count was all the more amazing because the tennis was far from routine. This was a m...
With his buildup to the tournament over-shadowed by a hip injury and a first round exit at Queen's Club, expectations for a successful title defence or even a deep run here for Murray have been low.
This was, however, a fairly straightforward win for Murray against the young Kazakh and got his tournament going with minimal fuss.
Murray coughed up a double fault in the first game of the match to give Bublik break points, but experience told here as the young man squandered those chances.
Bublik began to showboat very early on in proceedings as he attempted a hotdog at 1-1, but Mur...
The result is all the more shocking because Murray seemed to have found some semblance of form in Paris, where he came within a set of the French Open final.
The Scot might take some comfort, though, from the demise of second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic.
The Australian was a lucky loser who only made the draw when Murray’s scheduled opponent, Brit Aljaz Bedene, pulled out with a wrist injury. On a slick court, Thompson played as solid a match as the Scot’s was ragged and unpre...